Britney Spears is reportedly seeking to remove her father, Jamie Spears, from her conservatorship, which has been in place for 12 years, Variety reports.
In a document filed to the Superior Court of California in Los Angeles country by Spears’ court-appointed lawyer, the singer states that she is “strongly opposed” to having her father “return as conservator of her person.”
Spears is petitioning that her temporary conservator, Jodi Montgomery, take on the role permanently instead.
According to the document, Britney opposes her father’s continued control over her estate and would like to regain oversight of her finances.
The filing reads: “Britney … strongly prefers to have a qualified corporate fiduciary appointed to serve in this role.”
Jamie Spears has been her co-conservator since 2008, back when she suffered that very public breakdown. He became sole conservator in 2019 after attorney Andrew Wallet resigned from his co-conservatorship of Britney’s estate.
The publication adds that Jamie Spears is recovering from treatment of a ruptured colon, after which Spears postponed her lucrative Las Vegas residency and later checked herself into a health facility for a month-long stay.
The court has granted Jamie Spears to be paid around (USD)$130,000 annually by his daughter’s estate for his role as conservator, and according to court documents obtained by ET, the largest expense of Britney’s estate in 2018 was her legal and conservator fees, which came to over $1.1 million for that year in total.
Lawyers for Spears believe the motion will be “aggressively contested by James Spears” but state, “We are now at a point where the conservatorship must be changed substantially in order to reflect the major changes in her current lifestyle and her stated wishes.”
It comes as the #FreeBritney movement has picked up steam on social media, with fans opining that the singer deserves to regain control of her finances, or at least have the role shifted to someone other than her father.