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Britney Spears' dad is temporarily stepping down as her conservator after more than a decade, citing an unidentified health issue amid claims he got physical with her son.
In new court documents filed in Los Angeles, Jamie Spears said he wants to "temporarily relinquish" his guardianship powers over the pop star "due to personal health reasons."
He asked that licensed caretaker Jodi Montgomery be appointed as his temporary replacement, saying she's been Spears' "care manager" for about a year and has the right "ability, experience and support resources" to keep the singer on track.
The handover of power should take place Monday and extend until Jan. 20, Jamie said.
The paperwork was filed amid an independent evaluation of the conservatorship ordered by a judge in May after the "Toxic" singer, 37, testified behind closed doors for about an hour. The review is set to be the subject of a Sept. 18 hearing.
In his latest filings, Jamie Spears said his replacement should retain his power to "restrict and limit visitors by any means," retain caretakers on a 24-hour basis, hire security guards and access all records for the Grammy winner's medical and psychiatric treatment.
Montgomery signed her own paperwork consenting to the handover of power.
Jamie Spears stepped in as his daughter's conservator back in 2008 after some highly publicized turmoil in the singer's life and her involuntary hospitalization at a psychiatric facility.
He was in charge as she returned to the stage for a successful Las Vegas residency, regained visitation with her sons and started a long-term relationship with boyfriend Sam Asghari.
But the pop star checked herself into a mental health facility earlier this year due to problems with her medications, TMZ reported, and her father sought to register the conservatorship in other states amid an apparent threat to his authority.
He recently was accused of physically abusing Spears' 13-year-old son, and authorities are investigating the matter, a law enforcement confirmed to the New York Daily News this week.
The alleged incident happened Aug. 24 while Spears' two sons were visiting their grandfather at his Ventura County residence, the source said.
The singer's oldest son "got into an argument" with Jamie Spears, and the grandfather allegedly became angry, busted through a door and put his hands on the child, the source said.
"This resulted in the child being afraid," the source said.
Spears quickly took her kids out of the house and back to their father, Kevin Federline, according to the source.
Federline reported the incident to the Ventura County Sheriff, and a law enforcement restraining order was issued, the source said.
Federline and his Los Angeles divorce attorney Mark Vincent Kaplan later reached an agreement with Jamie Spears' camp that he would keep his distance.
A sealed order was issued Tuesday that "restricts" Jamie's presence around the kids and gives Federline sole legal custody and primary physical custody that's "more than 90%," sources confirmed to The News.
"Kevin wants to assure that Britney has the most reasonable custody with the kids that is consistent with their best interests," Kaplan told The News. "The kids love their mother, and Kevin doesn't want to do anything that would be inconsistent with that."

 

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