Britney Spears Switches Divorce Lawyers, Again
First Published: September 19, 2007 5:13 PM EDT Credit: Chris Weeks, Pure Nightclub
LOS ANGELES, Calif. -- Just two days after replacing her attorney in her divorce battle against Kevin Federline, it’s once again out with the old and in with the new for Britney Spears, as she has again switched lawyers.
High-profile divorce lawyer Sorrell Trope will be the latest legal eagle to represent Brit in her battle with Kevin, according to People magazine.
Trope, who has represented the likes of Nicole Kidman, Nicolas Cage and whose firm represents Larry Birkhead, replaces Marci Levine, who spent all of two days as Britney’s lawyer, after Levine replaced Laura Wasser, who stepped down on Monday.
A rep for Trope released the following statement to Access Hollywood:
“We are in the process of being retained by Ms. Spears. The paperwork has been prepared and we do anticipate that it will be signed and taken care of today. In fact, it could be happening right now as we speak. We are replacing Freid and Goldsman law firm. This is not official until Britney signs a substitution of attorney papers as well as retainer papers.”
The announcement comes just one day after a judge ruled Britney must undergo random drug and alcohol testing twice a week, as her custody battle with Kevin continues.
The ruling came after the court said they found evidence of “habitual, frequent and continuous” use of drugs and alcohol by the singer.
In addition, the court mandated that neither Britney nor Kevin “shall consume alcohol, or other non-prescription controlled substances” while with the kids or within 12 hours immediately prior to having custody of the kids.
Contrary to other online reports that suggested Kevin would be granted temporary physical custody of the kids, the court declined to modify the existing agreement, which means the current 50/50 split will remain in effect for now.
Kevin’s attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, spoke with Access Hollywood on Tuesday night following the court’s latest ruling.
“I think that most of what was reflected in that order are things that Kevin had requested in the orders that he put forth when he filed his orders to show cause,” Kaplan noted.
So why doesn’t Kevin have to undergo drug or alcohol testing?
“Well Kevin doesn’t have to do that because there is no basis to require him to do that,” Kaplan explained.
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