Spears Ordered To Undergo Drug, Alcohol Testing In Custody Battle
Tuesday, September 18th 2007, 10:04 pm
By: News On 6
LOS ANGELES (AP) _ Britney Spears has been ordered to undergo random drug and alcohol testing twice a week, according to court documents in her custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline.
The order was issued Monday by a judge who required both parents to refrain from drinking and using drugs around their two young children and 12 hours before either cares for them. Only Spears was ordered to submit to testing.
``Based on the evidence presented, the court finds that there is a habitual, frequent and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol'' by Spears, Superior Court Judge Scott M. Gordon said in court documents.
Messages left with attorneys for Spears and Federline were not immediately returned.
The singer married Federline in October 2004. She filed for divorce last November, and the divorce became official July 30. The two have joint custody of their sons _ Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1 _ but Federline is seeking a greater share of custody.
The judge also said Spears must meet for eight hours a week with a ``parenting coach'' who will observe and report back to the court about her parenting skills.
Both parents are prohibited from ``making derogatory remarks'' about each other in their children's presence, and from ``using corporal punishment'' to discipline them. Each must complete the court's ``Parenting Without Conflict'' class.