Everyone said it was going to happen, and now it’s official. Jason Trawick was just named Britney Spears’s co-conservator. Jason, Britney’s fiancé, will now be sharing the conservatorship responsibilities with Jamie Spears, Britney‘s father. People Magazine claimed a month ago that Jamie was totally fine with this, and that Jamie was cosigning whatever legal wrangling it took to make this happen. As I’ve said in previous posts, I have big issues with this for many reasons. First, let’s hear about the new arrangement:
Jason Trawick, Britney Spears’s fiancé, was approved as a co-conservator for the pop star by a Los Angeles judge Wednesday.
“Jamie’s thrilled,” his attorney Geraldine Wyle told reporters following the hearing, referring to Spears’s father. “It’s all in the family.”
Wyle also clarified that the request to add Trawick came at Britney’s request, not Jamie’s. Conservators typically have legal authority over a person’s general well-being, which includes decisions about food, clothing and medical care.
A source close to the singer previously told PEOPLE that Britney enjoys plenty of personal freedom and that the conservatorship is mostly in name only.
Trawick will not have any legal control over Britney’s multimillion-dollar fortune, which is overseen by her father and another attorney.
Dad Jamie Spears has held legal control over his daughter and her finances since Feb. 2008 after the singer suffered a psychological breakdown.
The conservatorship will be lifted only after a judge is convinced, on the advice of the singer’s doctors, that she’s healthy enough to manage her own affairs.
“A source close to the singer previously told PEOPLE that Britney enjoys plenty of personal freedom and that the conservatorship is mostly in name only.” Bulls–t. I mean, yes, Britney has some “freedoms” but she’s still under a very narrow, protective conservatorship, and she’s still not allowed to make major decisions for herself. The only reason she still gets to spend time with her sons is because Kevin Federline and Jamie Spears worked out a side arrangement, and because K-Fed doesn’t push the custody issue – although he could at any time.
Mostly, I’m just disgusted because it feels like Britney’s father and her soon-to-be husband are treating her like property, and I find the legal mechanics of this to be very sketchy. Either Britney is competent enough to decide to marry Jason Trawick or she’s not. Either Britney has legal rights as a wife, or she doesn‘t and she‘ll end up married to a man who has legal control over her medication, her day-to-day finances (like, grocery shopping), her living arrangements and her diet. This in-between, married-to-a-caretaker thing is a disaster waiting to happen.
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