Britney Spears' father files to end conservatorship after 13 years

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Britney Spears' father files to end conservatorship after 13 years
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Britney Spears' controversial conservatorship — which has seen her financial affairs and day-to-day life under the control of her father since 2008 — could finally be coming to an end.

The conservatorship has been the subject of multiple documentaries this year, which has placed it front and centre in the public eye amid the #FreeBritney movement.

After years of silence, Britney herself then spoke about the conservatorship in great detail during a court hearing in June. She claimed it was "abuse" and even stated that she has an IUD that stops her getting pregnant which she was forced to get and is not allowed to remove.

Since then there have been several different updates, but this is perhaps the biggest update yet. Britney's father Jamie Spears has officially filed a petition to end the conservatorship and place the singer's life back in her hands.

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Photo credit: KMazur/WireImage - Getty Images

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Jamie's primary attorney Vivian Thoreen said in a statement (via Deadline): "Ms Spears has told this Court that she wants control of her life back without the safety rails of a conservatorship.

"As Mr Spears has said, again and again, all he wants is what is best for his daughter. If Ms Spears wants to terminate the conservatorship and believes that she can handle her own life, Mr Spears believes that she should get that chance."

Mathew Rosengart, who has been serving as Britney's lawyer, said in his own statement that the singer feels this is a win, but added that he feels Jamie's petition is a way for him to avoid repercussions from upcoming hearings about his financial dealings.

"This filing represents a massive legal victory for Britney Spears, as well as vindication. Having exposed his misconduct and improper plan to hold his daughter hostage by trying to extract a multi-million-dollar settlement, Mr Spears has now effectively surrendered. There is no settlement," Rosengart said.

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Photo credit: Steve Granitz - Getty Images

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"To the extent Mr Spears believes he can try to avoid accountability and justice, including sitting for a sworn deposition and answering other discovery under oath, he is incorrect and our investigation into financial mismanagement and other issues will continue."

At the moment, the petition is just that, and the conservatorship isn't officially ending at this time. The complicated nature of the conservatorship also means that, if/when the judge decides to end it, there will be a lot to sort out before things are back to normal for Britney.

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