According to court documents that were filed Thursday, Britney Spears’ father, Jamie Spears, is willing to step down as her conservator “when the time is right.”
“Mr. Spears is willing to step down when the time is right, but the transition needs to be orderly and includes a resolution of matters pending before the Court,” the filing stated.
The filing also stated that Jamie needed to wrap up certain matters before he could hand over the reins. “When these matters are resolved, Mr. Spears will be in a position to step aside,” the document reads. “But there are no urgent circumstances justifying Mr. Spears’ immediate suspension.”
This comes after Britney’s lawyers requested to remove Jamie from his conservatorship role. After the judge denied the request, Jamie’s legal team says he wants to help ensure a smooth transition for the next person who controls the conservatorship.
Britney’s attorney, Matthew Rosengart, told CBS News that he applauded Jamie’s decision to step down. “We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed,” Rosengart said. “It is vindication for Britney.”
Gladstone Jones, an attorney for Britney’s mother, Lynne Spears, has also made a statement following Jamie’s court filing. “Lynne Spears, Britney’s mother, is pleased Jamie has agreed to step down. Lynne entered into this conservatorship to protect her daughter almost 3 years ago,” Jones said. “She has accomplished what she set out to do.”
Britney has previously said that she wants to be free of her conservatorship completely, without evaluation. However, legal experts have said that’s highly unlikely. In most cases, part of the process of terminating a conservatorship is a medical evaluation.
Once Jamie Spears is no longer involved in the conservatorship, the new conservators that step in will work towards safely getting Britney out of the court-ordered arrangement.
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