Access Hollywood has learned attorneys for both sides were present at a hearing today in dependency court, which handles child abuse claims, among other things.
Access has learned today’s matter takes precedence in their ongoing custody battle, with all other issues being put on hold.
If the county feels the kids are at risk, they will begin an investigation. If they find either or both parents aren’t capable or unwilling to parent the children, the county will file a petition in juvenile court, Los Angeles criminal defense attorney Steve Cron told Access.
If that happens, Britney and Kevin would be allowed a “full blown” hearing where they can bring witnesses and experts to testify on their behalf. The judge would then decide if the county needs to step in, possibly taking over custody over the kids, according to Cron.
However, all details from within dependency court are confidential and at this time, it is unknown if the concern is over one or both parents.