Spears must provide lab with phone number
EmptyA drug testing lab must be able to reach Britney Spears at a single telephone number, a court commissioner ruled Thursday after her ex-husband's attorney complained that the pop star has repeatedly failed to respond to calls for court-ordered drug tests.
"There needs to be one number that the testing facility calls that she responds to," Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon ruled. "If she has a necessity or a desire to change phones, that's fine," he said. And if she changes that number, everyone involved must be notified, he said.
Kevin Federline's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, told Gordon that there have been 14 laboratory requests for drug testing and Spears failed to respond to eight of them.
Federline has temporary custody of Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, because Spears has defied court orders.
"Mr. Federline doesn't want to take the children out of their mom's life, but we don't know what else there is to do," Kaplan told Gordon.
Federline, 29, and Spears, 25, were not in court for the hearing.
Spears lawyer Anne Kiley argued the previous court order was unconstitutional and Spears didn't respond to the lab phone calls within an hour, as ordered by the court, because she was sleeping.
Kiley asked that Spears be given six hours to respond to the laboratory phone requests.
But Gordon said time wasn't the problem, noting Spears had lost telephone numbers and changed her telephone numbers. The commissioner then noted he has to wake up at 7:30 a.m. each morning.
Kiley interrupted: "You're not a pop star with a No. 1 album."
Gordon suggested that Spears get a separate cell phone for lab use only.
After a court break, Gordon issued his ruling, adding that he was not going to make any further modifications to exisitng custody orders.
Under those orders, Federline has primary custody. Spears gets one overnight visit and two daytime visits a week. A court-appointed parenting coach, a childproofed home and car restraints were all written into the orders.
Attorneys for Spears and Federline, married in October 2004, have repeatedly been in court about custody since they split. Their divorce was final in July.