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Spears child custody deal agreed

Britney Spears, June 2008
Britney Spears won increased visiting rights last week

US singer Britney Spears and her former husband Kevin Federline have agreed their child custody settlement.

Ms Spears will increase payments to Mr Federline from $15,000 to $20,000 a month, according to the deal approved by a Los Angeles court commissioner.

The agreement also includes a one-off $250,000 payment by Ms Spears to Mr Federline's legal team.

Last week Ms Spears won a ruling allowing her more visits from her two sons, who are in Mr Federline's care.

For now, Mr Federline, 30, retains full custody, but Ms Spears may get expanded rights by the end of the year, her lawyer said earlier.

The singer will now have three visits a week from Sean Preston, two, and Jayden James, one, with at least two overnight visits.

Kevin Federline, March 2008
Mr Federline was awarded custody of his two sons in January

Ms Spears lost custody last year in October, and lost visiting rights in January when Mr Federline was given full custody.

The couple were married in 2004 and finalised their divorce last July.

The singer's father, Jamie Spears, was granted control of his daughter's assets in February after she was admitted to a psychiatric ward.

A hearing on Mr Spears' authority over his daughter's affairs is scheduled for 31 July.

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