For the first time since losing custody, the pop star takes Preston and Jayden out of state

By Ken Lee
November 07, 2008 09:15 PM

Britney Spears arrived Friday in Louisiana with her sons for a family visit to her hometown in Kentwood.

It was the first time the 26-year-old singer was allowed to take Preston, 3, and Jayden, 2, out of California since losing all custody rights earlier this year to ex-husband Kevin Federline.

“This is a terrific indication of the progress she’s made, and the growing trust between the two parents,” says a source close to Spears. “It was arranged cooperatively between Kevin and the lawyers.”

Spears made the trip the day after her mini reunion with former boyfriend Justin Timberlake at a Madonna concert in L.A. Spears traveled with her father, Jamie, who has legal control of her affairs.

Since reaching a custody settlement in July, Spears currently has two visits and an overnight per week with her children.

Adds the source: “Britney just wanted to get some family time in and show the boys Louisiana, now that they’re getting older.”

Additional reporting by STEVE HELLING and JENNIFER GARCIA

Britney Spears lands in Louisiana