Britney Spears Tells Court She No Longer Wants Dad As Sole Conservator

“Britney is strongly opposed to James’ return as conservator of her person,” the document states.

On Tuesday, Britney Spears asked the court to keep her father, James Spears, from reasserting the broad control over her life and career.

In documents filed by her court-appointed lawyer that give a rare public airing to the wishes of the 38-year-old pop superstar, Britney asked that her father should not return to the role of her sole conservator, which gave him power over her major life decisions from 2008 until 2019, when he temporarily stepped aside, citing health problems.

“Britney is strongly opposed to James’ return as conservator of her person,” the document states.

James has kept his separate role as conservator over his daughter’s finances. For the first 11 years of the conservatorship, he served as co-conservator with attorney Andrew M. Wallet, who resigned from the role early last year.

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That briefly left him with sole power over Britney’s life, money and career, a situation she says she very much wants to avoid repeating.

The singer says she wants Jodi Montgomery who has been serving as conservator of her person temporarily, to do so permanently, but she says that doesn’t mean she is waiving her right to seek an end to the entire arrangement.

The filing gave a rare glimpse at Britney’s own wishes in the conservatorship that has had vast power over her for over a decade. She has almost never spoken publicly about the matter, and court hearings and documents in the case are cloaked in secrecy, though last year she addressed the court at her request, suggesting she was seeking changes.

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According to her attorney, James is expected to aggressively contest being marginalized, and said that Britney has suggested they retain a lawyer with expertise in complex financial court fights.

 

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