LOS ANGELES (AP) – Britney Spears has managed to oust her father from the guardianship that controls her life and money, and she will likely be free to make her own decisions in November.
Here’s a look at how Guardianship works, what’s unusual about her, and why she and so many fans have worked for #FreeBritney.
HOW DO THE CONSERVATORIES WORK?
When a person is considered to have severely impaired mental capacity, a court can step in and grant a person the power to make financial decisions and life choices that are important to them.
California law states that a guardianship, called guardianship in some states, is justified for a “person who is unable to adequately provide for his or her personal needs for physical health, food, clothing or shelter”, or for someone who is “substantially incapable of managing their own financial resources or resisting fraud or undue influence.”
The curator, as the designated manager is called, can be a family member, a close friend, or a court-appointed professional.
HOW DOES SPEARS WORK?
With a fortune of over $ 50 million comes secrecy, and the court is keeping a close eye on the inner workings of Spears’ Guardianship.
Some aspects have been revealed in documents. The guardianship has the power to restrict its visitors. She organizes and supervises the visits of her sons, aged 14 and 15; Father Kevin Federline has full custody. He has the power to issue restraining orders on his behalf, which he has used more than once to ward off intruders deemed suspicious. He has the power to make his medical decisions and his affairs. She said in a hearing in June that she was forced to take drugs against her will, that she was unable to have an intrauterine device removed for birth control and that she had been forced to perform when she didn’t want to.
Spears said during the June hearing that she was denied the right to marry, but has since become engaged to her longtime boyfriend, Sam Asghari. Guardianship will make a prenuptial agreement a necessity if it is still there when she gets married.
Legally, Spears can get married, but the guardianship must approve it like other important life decisions. Spears said on Wednesday that she wanted to get married and have another child, but was denied the opportunity to either.
Like all California guardians, it is subject to annual accounts and reviews by a forensic investigator.
WHO HAS THE POWER OVER THE LANCES?
The ultimate power of the guardianship rests with Judge Brenda Penny, who exercised it by suspending James Spears, and is likely to use it again to end the legal arrangement entirely in November, which she was. free to do at any time.
Prior to his suspension, her father had the lion’s share of daily power over his daughter’s choices for 13 years. In 2019, he relinquished the role of curator over his life decisions, keeping control only of his finances. He is now replaced by John Zabel, an accountant chosen by Britney Spears and his lawyer.
Jodi Montgomery, a court-appointed professional, has served as her personal affairs curator since 2019.
WHY IS THERE SO MUCH CALL FOR #FREEBRITNEY?
Fans who rave about Britney Spears’ social media posts and public statements, trying to decipher every statement, dance move or meme shared, have increasingly come together in a movement after being convinced that she is unfairly. controlled. The key were two women who in 2017 turned their hobby of splitting Spears’ Instagram posts into a podcast, “Britney’s“ Gram. ”That would help create the hashtag #FreeBritney.
Hearings can bring dozens of protesters to the courthouse, carrying signs such as “CONSERVATORSHIP EST SLAVAGE” and “THIS IS TOXIC.”
James Spears has called the group of conspiracy theorists and says those who shout #FreeBritney don’t get the full picture.
Fans of the movement have increasingly felt vindicated by Britney Spears herself, especially after two dramatic court speeches this summer in which the singer confirmed many of their claims and suspicions about her.
And they believe their voices have been essential in bringing attention to the Guardianship and contributing to its likely end.
WHY WAS IT IMPOSED IN THE FIRST PLACE?
In 2007 and 2008, soon after becoming a mother, she started having very public mental struggles with the media obsessed with every moment. Hordes of paparazzi aggressively followed her whenever she left her house, and she couldn’t seem to stand it anymore.
She attacked a cameraman’s car with an umbrella. She shaved her head in a living room. She lost custody of her children. When she refused to hand over her boys after a visit, she was hospitalized and taken into custody. The guardianship was put in place in a few days.
WHY IS IT TAKING SO LONG?
A guardianship can always be dissolved by the court, although it is rare for a person to successfully apply for release, which Spears is about to do.
They can last for decades because the circumstances that led to them, like traumatic brain injury, Alzheimer’s disease or dementia, are not things people simply recover from. Mandatory medical records secrecy has kept the reasons Britney Spears had to stay in hers for so many years obscure, but it is clear that these are psychiatric issues. A recent file said she was unable to give consent for medical treatment.
Spears’ father and his attorneys justified maintaining the guardianship by saying that she was particularly sensitive to people looking to take advantage of her money and fame.
WHAT IS SPEARS LIKE TO ALL OF THIS?
For years, this was largely a mystery. But allowed to speak publicly in court in June, she called the guardianship “abusive” and “stupid” and said it did “much more harm than good”.
But she was clear that more important than ending the guardianship was to see her father removed from it.
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