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Britney faces child custody fight
By Peter Bowes
BBC News, Los Angeles

Kevin Federline and Britney Spears
The couple married in 2004

Kevin Federline says he is planning to fight pop star Britney Spears for sole custody of their children.

In court papers filed in Los Angeles, the rapper says he intends to take action to protect and safeguard their two young sons.

Spears made the first move by filing for divorce, citing irreconcilable differences as the reason.

She said she wanted physical and legal custody of the couple's year-old son and new baby.

But 24 hours later, Federline has started the legal process to seek sole custody of the two children. He also wants spousal support.

According to the rapper's lawyer, he is prepared to go the distance in order to do what he feels is necessary to protect and safeguard the children - and will not be intimidated or dissuaded from pursuit of those goals.

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