Reuters.- Jamie Spears, the father of Britney Spears, has asked a Los Angeles court to end a 13-year conservatorship over the pop singer, arguing that circumstances have changed in recent months.
In an unexpected development, Jamie Spears, who in 2008 established a court-sanctioned settlement governing the singer’s personal and business affairs, said in a court filing Tuesday that he believes the judge should now “seriously consider whether this guardianship is no longer necessary.”
“If Ms. Spears wants to end conservatorship and believes she can handle her own life, Mr. Spears believes she should have that opportunity,” the request to end the settlement stated.
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Britney Spears, 39, has spent months trying to get her father removed as overseer of her $60 million estate. In June she told the court that the arrangement was abusive and humiliating.
Jamie Spears first said last month that he was ready to quit, but did not provide a timetable. Britney Spears also has a second guardian in charge of her personal and medical affairs.
Tuesday’s petition went further than the previous attempt, asking the court to end the conservatorship altogether.
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“Ms. Spears has recently demonstrated a level of independence that calls into question the need for a guardian,” the filing said, noting that the singer had hired an attorney of her own choosing and returned to driving alone.
The decision to end the conservatorship will rest with Los Angeles Judge Brenda Penny. The matter will be discussed at a hearing on September 29.
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