Pop star Britney Spears did not appear at court Wednesday morning for her child custody dispute with ex-hubby Kevin Federline.
A crowd of reporters and paparazzi photographers was waiting for Miss Spears to arrive at 10 a.m. at attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan's office. About an hour later, Kaplan, Federline's attorney, said that Spears was not coming.
“She’s going to show at a later date,” Kaplan said, “but we don’t waive any rights to ask for certain relief from the court as a result of having a court-ordered deposition not attended.”
Federline’s camp could seek an arrest warrant from the court. Britney's attorneys showed up to the deposition on time, apparently expecting their client to follow! She finally called in "sick" about an hour later.
Spears might want to recover quickly as this third attempt deposing Britney — she has cancelled two previous depositions — was ordered by the court. Federline's attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan may to ask the court for relief, meaning he might request that the judge take away Britney's visitation rights.
Spears filed for divorce from Federline on November 7, 2006, citing irreconcilable differences and asking for both physical and legal custody of their two children, with visitation rights for Federline. The following day, Federline filed a response to Spears's divorce petition, seeking physical and legal custody of their children. Laura Wasser was hired to represent Spears in the case. However, in September 2007, Wasser announced that she would no longer be working for Spears. Instead, Spears is now represented by both Melvin Goldsman and Marci Levine. According to a representative for Federline's lawyer, the divorce filing "caught Kevin totally by surprise".
On March 2007, Spears and Federline reached a settlement, that "All parties signed a global settlement agreement on all issues concerning their marriage and custody of their two children," said Michael Sands, a spokesperson for Federline's lawyer. Although the divorce seemed imminent, it was not finalized because the papers were never signed by a judge. Their marriage was officially over on July 30, 2007, with Spears's attorney stating "They are divorced. Everything is finalized."