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Why Britney Lost Custody

10/3/2007 11:19 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Britney SpearsWe now know exactly what went down in court Monday when L.A .County Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon stripped Britney Spears of physical custody of Sean Preston and Jayden James.

As we first reported, Britney didn't follow a number of conditions the Commish laid down. But sources tell us three factors were the last straws for Gordon.

Britney was supposed to sign a document that would have given the green light for a custody evaluator to conduct psychological evaluations. Commissioner Gordon ordered Spears to get the signed document to Mark Vincent Kaplan, K-Fed's lawyer, by Monday at 10:00 AM or appear in court. She did neither.

- The judge ordered both Kevin and Britney to submit proof they had valid California driver's licenses and insurance. He also ordered that neither party drive with the children if they didn't have the proper license. Over the weekend, TMZ posted video of Spears driving with the kids in Malibu. She did not have a California license at the time. The TMZ posting was discussed in court and the Commish was pissed off.

- The biggest reason for the change was Thursday night, Britney was at a Social Group event at Sutra nightclub in Costa Mesa. TMZ shot video inside the club. Various people say they saw her drinking alcohol after midnight. According to Gordon's order on September 17, neither Britney nor K-Fed were allowed to consume alcohol within 12 hours of the time they obtained physical custody of the kids. We know Britney picked the children up at 12 noon on Friday, which means she would have violated Gordon's order.

In short, Gordon was ticked off that Britney thumbed her nose at the court. Stay tuned.

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PUBLIC SAFETY IS AT STAKE    






"... There is a habitual, frequent, and continuous use of controlled substances and alcohol by (Britney)."






2548 days ago
62.

Nia    

Harvey & TMZ.....you guys are starting to buy in on your own hype by the minute. Soon you'll be completely MEAN & TRITE, lacking any originality or REAL humor, until you're left with no redeeming qualities whatsoever as is the case of Perez Hilton for instance. You're site is starting to mirror his, right down to the obliviously unfunny and ironic judgements halfhazardly thrown all over your site, as if you're trying to tell us, that TMZ is some kind of moral authority. Pretty rich guys..... The real joke here is that I'm certain you guys have no clue, that you people there, with what you do, are the biggest jokes of almost anyone. I mean c'mon, lets call a spade a spade, you make your livings on the very sad misfortunes and untimely deaths of others. Not exactly something to be proud of eh? So, just keep that in mind in the future as your slamming whoever for .....well whatever....you tread an awfully slippery slope in the game of karma.

2548 days ago
63.

Lady    

I know that Britney has problems, But damn. when a judge tell you to do things so you can keep your kids. YOU do anything and everything to do that. I read in another site that Britney thought she had till the end of the week to get those papers to court. WHERE the hell was her laywer?, HE knew when the papers had to be in court, why was he not up her butt to make sure she complied. The sad thing is Britney only listens to Britney, and her hangers on who tell her everything will be alright. Now comes the mad scramble to comply with the judges orders. Will it help?, I dont know, the jugde sounds that he is really pissed at her, and that could have a negative effect. I pray that he sees that she is trying, and with proper help she can get back to herself.

2548 days ago
64.

just wondering    

.............LIVING WILL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!....I pray to god that she has her millions accounted for in a WILL and not left just too the kids...otherwse that K-Fed could get his mitts on $150 million!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.....SOMEBODY get her to the BEST lawyer in the world for that in case she doesn't pull thru all this crap....then again...he would contest that she wasn't of sound mind!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!......STAY ALIVE BRITNEY if for NO OTHER REASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2548 days ago
65.

kalona    

come on now. we all know, she dont want those kids anyways

2548 days ago
66.

A nice person    

The hell with Britney and her trivial, self-induced problems. #32, Tammera, so sorry to hear of your daughter's illness. I, too, will pray for her. Keep up your hope!

2548 days ago
67.

TRACKER    

BRIT.WE FEEL YOU CAN BE A ROLE MODEL.ASK FOR HELP...........TEACH OTHER YOUNG MOTHERS.IT,S TUFF THERE IS NO MANUAL..LEARN AND SHOW OTHERS .YOU CAN OVERCOME THIS DIFFICULT TIME.THEN ONWARD/UPWARD.YOU CAN DO IT.BELIEVE IT,S NOT AS BLEAK AS IT SEEMS.START WITH TALKING TO YOUR OWN MOM.SHE,LL BE THE 1ST TO SAY IT,S TUFF................YOU ARE LOVED

2548 days ago
68.

steve    

good job TMZ! way to take kids away from their mother and ruin a star's life...a star who's brought a lot of happiness to a lot of people...and now a star who's meltdown you've used to score yourself a TV show. what are you going to report next? britney hangs herself at the peninsula hotel? because thats what you're heading for if you keep doing this to her.

2548 days ago
69.

Sara    

Britney is manic. She doesn't care anymore. She should be on suicide watch.

2548 days ago
70.

just wondering    

...EVERYBODY GIVE A PRAYER FOR # 32!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2548 days ago
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CA Mom    

As a mother, I can't believe that the courts let this go on so long. If it was anyone else, they would have placed those babies in foster care first, then had an emergency hearing. She has been given every chance in the world and snubbed her nose at the system. Now, social services should be on top of Federline, and make sure those kids are in good care. If not, there are grandparents......

2548 days ago
72.

Lexi    

Well, she didn't have time for them.....she had to go tan ya"ll

2548 days ago
73.

TRACKER    

#32 JUST WANT TO SAY.TONIGHT AND EVERY NIGHT I WILL PRAY FOR YOUR FAMILY

2548 days ago
74.

lucky    

Girl..............get a clue... She needs to go away and re group and clear her head.... or she needs to stop taking bong hits everyday... Moderation girl.

2548 days ago
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PUBLIC SAFETY IS AT STAKE    

Tammera, my prayers are with you. My young niece beat childhood leukemia. Your daughter can, too! I'll be praying ...

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