Britney court date cancelled

An appearance in a family court sought by Kevin Federline amid a child custody dispute with Britney Spears was cancelled today as reports surfaced that the pop star was back in rehab.

An appearance in a family court sought by Kevin Federline amid a child custody dispute with Britney Spears was cancelled today as reports surfaced that the pop star was back in rehab.

Spears returned to the Promises Malibu Treatment Center late yesterday, driven there by her mother Lynne, according to reports.

Spears and her estranged husband Federline reportedly agreed last night that he would keep their two young children while Spears was in rehabilitation, a programme that takes between 30 and 45 days.

Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini said attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan, who represents Federline, had called the court bailiff and asked to cancel the court appearance in Los Angeles. Mr Parachini gave no explanation for the cancellation.

It was not known what issue Federline, 28, had planned to raise.

"Kevin continues to be a very focused father with his children with hands-on management," said a statement from Mr Kaplan.

The events came amid increasingly bizarre behaviour by Spears, which culminated with the pop star reportedly checking into and out of two rehab centres in a week and shaving her head bald.

Federline sought spousal support and sole custody of five-month-old Jayden James and Sean Preston, 17-months, after Spears moved to end their two-year marriage in November, but a temporary order issued on February 1 granted joint custody for the month.

Spears previously left the Promises centre less than a day after arriving according to reports. The centre specialises in treating drug and alcohol abuse.

Last week, she reportedly sought treatment at a centre in the Caribbean but also checked out after a day.

The next day, she arrived at a San Fernando Valley hair salon, grabbed an electric razor and shaved her head bald. Afterward, she visited a tattoo parlour, where she had a pair of red-and-pink lips inked onto her wrist. Then she went out clubbing with friends before apparently checking into Promises.

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