“What is best for her, Kevin supports her in being able to do that,” Kaplan told ET in the interview published on June 26. “It doesn’t matter how positive of an effect a conservatorship has had if it’s having a deleterious effect and detrimental effect on her state of mind. So he supports her having the best environment for her to live in and for his children to visit with their mother in.”
Spears and Federline were married from 2004 to 2007 and share two teenage sons, Sean and Jaden. In 2008, Spears’ father Jamie Spears and an attorney were granted a temporary—then permanent (in October 2008)—conservatorship over her assets, estate, and business affairs. Now, a full 13 years later, Spears is pleading with the courts to dissolve it.
“I’ve told the world I’m happy and okay,” Spears told the court on June 23. “I’m traumatized. I’m not happy, I can’t sleep…I just want my life back.”
According to Kaplan, her ex is on board with that plan. “He wants her to be a happy person because that would make her a happy mother and obviously I think one of the takeaways we could all [hear] from her comments is that she is under a tremendous amount of pressure. And people under pressure sometimes don’t make the same decisions that they would if they were completely left to their own free will,” Kaplan said. “If she is able to handle herself in a way that does not jeopardize herself or her children should they be in her custody, Kevin is very comfortable with the conservatorship being dissolved.”
Kaplan added that Kevin Federline’s main prerogative is “to make sure when the boys visit with mom—the boys love their mom—that everything is stable and safe. And when the time comes, if it does come, we’ll look at it at that time.”
“Keep in mind when the conservatorship was placed over Britney, the kids were toddlers. We’re now talking about two healthy, intelligent young boys who are 14 and 15 and they can pretty much judge for themselves whether things are going down that they don’t like or what to have changed,” he continued. “And most importantly, they’re able to express to Kevin and to Britney. So that’s an extra layer of protection that didn’t exist when the conservatorship was first placed.”
Kaplan also reminded ET that Federline still has a restraining order against Jamie Spears that keeps him away from his grandchildren. “So the relationship with Jamie has been on somewhat on hold since that order went into effect,” he said.
Ultimately, Kaplan told the publication that Federline, who has a majority of custody over their children, is open to Spears gaining more time with her boys.
“Kevin has been consistently a supporter of Britney, he hopes for Britney that she is able to enjoy her life in a safe and healthy way and he looks forward to being able to enjoy the benefits of being able to co-parent two teenage children,” Kaplan concludes. “I think Kevin and Britney have been able to successfully communicate with each other in making decisions affecting the boys and the well-being of the boys going forward. Kevin hopes that should the conservatorship be dissolved, that that dynamic only improves even more.”