As Britney Spears and Kevin Federline continue their heated custody battle, have allegations of child abuse entered the fray?
“Access Hollywood” has learned attorneys for both sides were present at a hearing Monday in dependency court, which handles child abuse claims, among other things.
“Access” has learned Monday’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 are 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 of 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.
Meanwhile, over the weekend, Spears was pulled over in Los Angeles for speeding. However, after a brief conversation, she was let off with just a warning after reportedly telling highway patrol officers she was speeding because she was being chased by the paparazzi.