Britney Spears' attorney proposes that her conservatorship end this fall
The lawyer asked that the singer's father, Jamie Spears, be removed from the conservatorship by Sep 29 and that a temporary replacement be named to wind down the arrangement.
An attorney for Britney Spears on Wednesday (Sep 22) asked a Los Angeles judge to terminate the 13-year-old conservatorship that oversees her personal life and finances by the fall.
In a filing submitted to Los Angeles Superior Court, lawyer Mathew Rosengart asked that the musician's father, Jamie Spears, be removed from the conservatorship by Sep 29 and that a temporary replacement be named to wind down the arrangement.
"Ms Spears will seek appointment of a temporary, short-term conservator to replace Mr Spears’ until the conservatorship is completely and inevitably terminated this fall," the filing said.
Jamie Spears set up the court-sanctioned arrangement that governs the singer's personal affairs and roughly US$60 million estate in 2008.
The Stronger singer told the court in June that her father was controlling and that she wanted out of the conservatorship, but no timeline had been requested. The next public hearing in the case is set for Sep 29.
In a surprise move, Jamie Spears said in court documents earlier this month that he supported ending the conservatorship, saying circumstances had changed.
Jodi Montgomery, the professional conservator who has been overseeing Britney Spears' personal affairs, supports ending the conservatorship "subject to proper transition and asset protection", according to Rosengart's new filing.
Spokespeople for Montgomery and for Jamie Spears did not immediately respond to requests for comment.
The case was thrust into the spotlight in part by fans who started a #FreeBritney campaign on social media and a New York Times documentary.
Netflix is releasing a new documentary called Britney Vs Spears about the case on Sep 28, the day before the next court hearing. The singer has not commented on the documentary and it's unclear if she was even aware of it prior to it being announced.
Spears announced on Sep 12 that she is engaged to her longtime boyfriend, personal trainer Sam Asghari.