Britney Spears‘s visitation rights with her kids are being scaled back after a parenting coach says the singer “rarely engaged with [her] children in either conversation or play” during their monitored time together.
The revelation is one of many included in court documents released Tuesday in Spears’s custody case. The parenting coach said the pop star’s behavior improved, but the report was still enough for the judge to whittle down Spears’s visitation time to two days a week. (She previously had access to them roughly every other day.)
The two visits, which will be monitored, will only occur from 12-7 p.m. on one day, with an overnight from 12 p.m. to 10 a.m. on another day.
The next hearing for Spears and ex-husband Kevin Federline is Nov. 26.
Coach: Britney Shows Lack of Attention
The new documents reveal other damning statements by Lisa Hacker, Spears’s parenting coach. For one, Spears missed three appointments with her, but by Friday, had completed four sessions.
“The problem is that unless Ms. Spears realizes the consequences of her behavior and the impact that it has on her children,” Hacker says, “nothing is going to be successful.”
According to Hacker, the singer showed a “lack of general attention at times.” In addition, when the kids were with Spears, they “have no real schedule or routine. The environment at the house ranged from chaotic to almost somber with little communication at all.”
Also, during the visits, Spears “had little to no interest in talking to or utilizing” Hacker’s guidance.
The coach does, however, concede that Spears “loves her children and the children are bonded to [Spears].”
Still, Hacker expressed concern that “many of [Spears’s] interactions with the children are not child-centered. … It seems that her choices are dependant more upon what she wants to do at any given time rather than what would be more enjoyable for the children.”
However, Hacker witnessed nothing that she “would characterize as abusive in a traditional sense.”
By the fourth meeting, Hacker noted that Spears “seemed much more engaged with [the coach] and her children.”
Neither Spears or Federline’s attorneys refuted the coach’s observations with any evidence.
Drug Tests Continue
For two more months, Spears must submit to random drug testing twice weekly. If she passes that time period, the testing will be reduced to only once per week. The documents show that her testing is currently done via urine samples.
It was also revealed that neither of Spears’s homes are child-proofed. L.A. Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon ordered the singer do so by Nov. 2.
For now, Federline retains physical custody of their children, Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1. He is seeking a final arrangement in which he’d have primary custody of his sons, a legal tussle which could take months.
The current visitation orders stand until the former couple’s child custody evaluation is completed.