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Judge: Car And Cash For Britney's Dad

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A Los Angeles Superior Court commissioner has ordered Britney Spears' estate to pay some bills - including weekly payments and a car lease for her father.

In documents released by the court Thursday but signed on Wednesday, Commissioner Reva Goetz ordered compensation for James Spears in the amount of $2,500 per week. He was also authorized to lease a vehicle.

Spears' father, who recently worked as a caterer, was named conservator of his daughter and co-conservator of her estate last month.

It has been determined that Spears could regain control of her own finances in midsummer.

Earlier today, Goetz ruled that the pop star's father would retain control of his daughter's finances and estate for another five months.

Goetz extended James Spears' control until July 31, said court spokesman Alan Parachini.


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Parachini wasn't immediately able to provide more information.

James Spears was named co-conservator of Britney's estate after she was hospitalized twice in January.

His temporary authority to handle her affairs was to continue until March 10.

In the year leading up to the hospitalizations, Spears had been caught on camera engaging in increasingly bizarre behavior. She shaved her head, beat a vehicle with an umbrella, wore skirts sans underwear and left her own car on a busy thoroughfare after getting a flat tire.

The strange outbursts and hospitalizations contributed to the 26-year-old losing custody of her young sons, Jayden James, 1, and 2-year-old Sean Preston. Ex-husband Kevin Federline has sole custody.

Spears was allowed brief visits with the boys beginning in late February after not seeing them for nearly two months.

That happened after Spears and Federline "agreed to a modification of the court's order" that had stripped Spears of her visitation rights, according to Federline attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan.

Spears' parents came to Los Angeles around the time of her second hospitalization.

Spears has kept a noticeably lower profile since being released from the hospital Feb. 6.