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Britney Spears Receives Modified Visitation Rules for Her Children

Britney Spears received modified visitation rules allowing one supervised overnight stay a week with her two young sons, while the pop star's attorney requested her mother become the court-appointed monitor.

The singer made a surprise October 11 appearance in court, after Superior Court Commissioner Scott Gordon held a morning hearing on her emergency request to expand visitation but declined to rule. He gave attorneys for Spears and her ex-husband Kevin Federline, who was recently awarded custody of the boys, more time to discuss the matter outside court.

Spears was previously permitted monitored visits with the children, but without overnight stays.

Neither she nor her attorneys spoke to reporters after the closed, afternoon hearing.

Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini announced the new visitation order but declined to name the monitor.

Kevin Federline's attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan said his client, who was not at the hearing, agreed to the modification. Kaplan would not say when the first overnight visit would occur or who the monitor would be, but feels the use of family members as court-appointed monitors constitutes a conflict of interest.

Spears, 25, and Federline, 29, were married in October 2004 and divorced in July. They both must appear in court October 26 for a status hearing.