With the restraining order against him set to expire, Lutfi agrees to an extension

By Ken Lee
Updated March 17, 2008 07:15 AM
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Britney Spears‘s former confidante, Sam Lutfi, has agreed to stay away from the singer for an additional month, PEOPLE has learned.

The temporary restraining order placed against him last month was set to expire Monday. It appears the deal was struck as a way of warding off a courtroom confrontation with Spears’s parents. (The court is expected to approve the extension.)

Spears’s mother, Lynne, previously accused Lutfi of drugging and verbally abusing her daughter. (Los Angeles police have said they are considering the claims.)

Based on evidence presented in court, a restraining order can be extended for up to five years, legal experts say.

“In order to have a restraining order dropped, Lutfi would have to convince the judge that all the evidence against him being a threat to the family is wrong,” says L.A. family lawyer Scott Weston, who is not involved in the case.

Meanwhile, Spears, 26, appears to be getting back on track – thanks, in part, to dad Jamie’s controlling influence. She recently filmed a guest appearance on CBS’s How I Met Your Mother and is now allowed multiple monitored visits with her two sons – Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1 – each week, says a source close to the case.

The source adds that those visits – agreed to by her ex, Kevin Federline, without the court’s involvement – would likely increase over time.