There’s Good News For The #FreeBritney Movement

Published on August 20, 2020

After many years of consistency in Britney Spears’ conservatorship, the #FreeBritney movement is finally getting some good news.

On Tuesday, Spears and her lawyers filed documents with the Los Angeles Superior Court. These documents show that Spears officially no longer wants her father to be her conservator.

Don’t celebrate too much, though, #FreeBritney folks, because she is not petitioning to end the conservatorship entirely, yet. Instead, she is asking the court to permanently appoint her temporary conservator, Jodi Montgomery, as the conservator of her person. The court appointed Montgomery last year after Spears’ father stepped away due to health issues. However, Jamie Spears remains in control of his daughter’s finances, just not her “person”.

Spears also requested that a qualified financial advisor replace her father as the person in charge of her financial affairs. Her lawyer says he expects that Spears’ father will aggressively contest her latest filing.

Why This Is A Big Deal

This is a significant step in the progression of the conservatorship. Briefly, before Jamie Spears had to step away for his health, he had sole control over Spears’ finances, personal life, and career. With this new court filing, Spears makes it incredibly clear that she is “strongly opposed” to her father having that level of control over her life.

Since 2008, Spears has been under a conservatorship in a highly unusual arrangement. The court placed Spears under a conservatorship after a series of mental health problems and bizarre incidents. In recent years, fans began to express concern over Jamie Spears’ control over his daughter, especially given how rare conservatorships are for someone like Spears.

For reference, courts usually reserve conservatorships for severe dementia patients and those so ill (either mentally or physically) that they cannot care for themselves. Since Spears has continued working, making music, and performing, many find it suspect that courts continually deem her to fit that bill. Thus was born the #FreeBritney movement.

Today’s news is the first significant revelation on how Spears feels about her situation in quite some time. In light of that revelation, the ACLU tweeted its support for Spears.

The ACLU’s support is significant because it backs up fans’ concern about Spears’ civil liberties with an educated, professional source.

There is a status hearing scheduled for Wednesday in Los Angeles. Technically, the conservatorship expires August 22, but there is little chance that the courts will allow the arrangement to lapse.

Olivia Smith is a Staff Writer at Grit Daily. Based in San Francisco, she covers events, entertainment, fashion, and technology. She also serves as a Voices contributor at PopSugar.

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