Shortly after 9 a.m., Federline appeared at the L.A. courthouse, wearing a blue pinstripe suit and looking confident and upbeat. He was seen leaving court at the lunch break.
Spears, 26, remained at home in the morning. A source said she had “no plans” to attend the session. At the break, her attorney, Sorrell Trope, said, “I’m hopeful” she’d show up in the afternoon.
Although she was not legally required to be there, a reliable source said she had been “strongly advised” by her legal team to attend, adding that the singer was told that “her attendance is important.”
The court gathering is focusing on Spears’s four-hour Jan. 3 standoff with police, firefighters and paramedics at her Studio City home. Events that evening resulted with Spears being hospitalized at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.
Federline, 29, currently retains sole legal and physical custody of the couple’s two sons, Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1. Spears was stripped of all visitation rights following her hospitalization.
Also at issue Monday is whether the court will extend its ban on Spears’s visitation. Federline’s lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, told PEOPLE that it’s possible Spears might not see her children until April, when the ex-couple’s custody trial begins. (Federline has requested primary physical custody.)
Over the weekend, Spears continued to be seen with paparazzo Adnan Ghalib, 35. Among their stops were a Mercedes dealership and a department store, where Spears reportedly shouted a profanity at a bystander who attempted to take her photo.