Britney Spears, fighting to win back custody of her young children, has been granted one-night-a-week custody of her two children by Superior Court Commissioner Scott M. Gordon today.
Britney made a suprise appearance in court for a 45 minute hearing after the judge declined to rule on her request earlier today.
Superior Court spokesman Allan Parachini announced that the visitation order had been modified to permit the children, who were recently placed in Federline's custody, to have one overnight visit a week with their mother.
Parachini said Spears adressed the court in a 'soft and respectful voice'.
Lawyers for Spears, 25, who lost custody last week to her ex-husband Kevin Federline, had filed an emergency motion asking for overnight visitation rights with sons Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1.
She previously shared custody with Federline, but a judge revoked that arrangement a week ago after the singer failed to comply with court orders for random drug and alcohol testing, allowing her to only see the boys during supervised daytime visits.
Federline's lawyer, Mark Vincent Kaplan, criticized Spears for trying to change the arrangement so quickly.
"The fact that a party, one week after a full court hearing, attempts to change the orders of the court in the absence of an emergency and without any new facts suggests a continued lack of respect and understanding for what an order of the court actually means," he said in a statement.
Celebrity news website TMZ.com said Spears had asked for her mother to be appointed to monitor the overnight visits. Other media reports have said Spears reconciled with her mother Lynne after a bitter six-month estrangement.
Spears has been ordered to get coaching on parenting skills after Gordon said there was evidence that she was a frequent user of "controlled substances and alcohol."
Spears and Federline split a year ago after two years of marriage, and her personal life has since veered out of control despite a stint in rehab.
Spears' latest single, Gimme More, has shot up the music charts despite a disastrous comeback performance in September at an awards show. Her new album -- the first with new material in four years -- will be released on October 30.