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Jamie Spears files to have Britney’s conservatorship terminated

By | Published on Wednesday 8 September 2021

Britney Spears

In something of a surprise move, Britney Spears’ father has filed a request with the courts in LA that the conservatorship which has controlled his daughter’s personal and financial affairs for thirteen years should be terminated. Jamie Spears says that if Britney “believes that she can handle her own life” then “she should get that chance”.

Britney’s conservatorship has become increasingly controversial of late, of course, as has Jamie’s role in running it for much of the last thirteen years. In a court hearing earlier this year Britney called for the conservatorship to be abandoned, and criticised the way her father has run her affairs over the years.

Once she had a new lawyer appointed, Mathew Rosengart, he called for Jamie – currently conservator of his daughter’s estate – to resign from that position. Jamie said he was willing to stand down when the time was right, but that an “orderly transition” was needed to a new conservator. However, Rosengart said Jamie should resign with immediate effect.

Now Jamie reckons that the conservatorship at large should just be terminated. His new legal filing states: “Recent events related to this conservatorship have called into question whether circumstances have changed to such an extent that grounds for establishment of a conservatorship may no longer exist”.

“Ms Spears has told this court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship”, it added. “As Mr Spears has said again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter. If Ms Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr Spears believes that she should get that chance”.

Given his client already wanted the conservatorship to end, Rosengart has dubbed Jamie’s latest move “a victory and vindication” for his client. However, he has also questioned Jamie’s motives.

In a statement to the Associated Press, he said: “It appears that Mr Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath, but as we assess his filing – which was inappropriately sent to the media before it was served on counsel – we will also continue to explore all options”.

The next scheduled hearing on Britney’s conservatorship is on 29 Sep.