For many Americans, hearing the name Britney Spears evokes memories of some of the top hits of the late 90’s and early 2000’s. Early in her career, the pop star seemed to have it all figured out. Every one of her songs was making national waves in the music world, and it looked like nothing could stop her.
However, after some mental health concerns at the end of the decade, everything she worked so hard for began to crumble around her. Britney had been under the limelight for most of her life at that point, and it eventually caught up with the singer. Her mental health took a major hit, and a highly-publicized breakdown didn’t help the situation. Two psychiatric hospitalizations later, a California court granted conservatorship to her father, Jamie Spears.
After over 13 years living under his supervision, Britney has now become known for her lengthy conservatorship battle. And she wants out.
In an emotional statement, Spears recently brought to light concerns over the strained relationship with her father. Among other things, she mentioned the abuse she allegedly deals with on a day-to-day basis. According to the singer, once Jamie Spears took over conservatorship, little was done to actually take care of her mental health. Instead, her father used her talents to make money for himself.
Nature of the Conservatorship
Britney Spears’ conservatorship was split into two parts – conservator of the person, and conservator of the estate. Her father was put in charge of both, and essentially had full control of Spears’ personal life, as well as what happens with the riches her stardom has brought on. After a 2018 tour, in which Spears claimed she was forced to perform against her will, the responsibility of conservatorship of her personal life was given to Jodi Montgomery, while Jamie Spears still oversaw her financial affairs.
An Appeal to Decency
Britney Spears now wants control over her body and her finances. She wants to be able to get married and have children – both of which are out of reach for her right now because she doesn’t have permission to do so. She also wants to be able to make her own money and decide how to spend it – another right that has been stripped from her. In her latest appearance in court, she made an appeal to human decency, and hopes that she can finally get out of the grasp of her father and others who are running her life.
According to the courts, in order to end the conservatorship, she’ll have to formally file the correct paperwork to get the ball rolling. With that said, probate code is quite vague when it comes to termination protocols. It states, “If the court determines that the conservatorship is no longer required or that grounds for the establishment of a conservatorship of the person or estate, or both, no longer exist, the court shall make this finding and shall enter judgment terminating the conservatorship accordingly.” However, it does not lay a groundwork for how much evidence is required to evaluate this judgement. Needless to say, what happens with Spears’ case may set legal precedent for other similar cases, and the legal world continues to watch the situation unfold.
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