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Britney Spears

Master of Her Own Destiny

8/23/2010 7:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

With no end in sight to Britney Spears' conservatorship, we've learned there's one person who could set the ball in motion -- and that's Britney herself.

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Britney's conservatorship -- which was created in February 2008 -- shows no signs of ending. The conservators have not filed a petition to end it and there are no indications, based on our sources, that it's wrapping up any time soon.

But we did a little checking and it turns out ... Britney herself can ask the judge to end the conservatorship. Before that happens, the judge would have to satisfy herself that Brit essentially was capable of making decisions for herself and her kids.

But if Britney were to request an end to it, we're told the judge would take the request seriously. That doesn't mean the conservatorship would automatically end, but the judge would almost certainly re-evaluate it.

As we first reported ... there are really two conservatorships at play -- the one over Britney's person and the other over her financial affairs.  Our sources say Britney has no interest in ending the latter.

As for whether Britney wants to end the conservatorship over her person ... we're told she runs hot and cold.  Fact is ... daddy Jamie Spears has given her a lot of freedom this year, so  it's not like she's living in a ball 'n chain world.

But the taste of freedom ... a little scary.

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