Britney Spears Cedes Full Custody to K-Fed as Court Battle Ends

July 18, 2008 11:32 AM ET

Britney Spears has finally settled her custody dispute with ex-husband Kevin Federline after agreeing to give K-Fed full custody of her two sons in exchange for visitation rights. While Federline was not seeking full custody — in fact, he insisted that Spears be involved in the active parenting of the children — he nevertheless was "delighted" with the final deal. Under terms of the agreement, Spears' visitation rights could "increase over time." People may question why Spears would so easily give up her pursuit of custody after the two-year-long court battle, but the pop star has a lot on her plate, including a summer spent recording her new album that might detract from her ability to properly parent.

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