Britney Custody Hearing Gets Off to Low-Key Start

Singer appears distraught as she attempts to gain more time with young sons
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted May 6, 2008 3:13 PM CDT
In this photo released by CBS, actors Neil Patrick Harris, left, as Barney and guest star Britney Spears as Abby appear in a scene from "How I Met Your Mother."    (AP Photo/CBS, Cliff Lipson)
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(Newser) – Britney Spears attended a custody hearing today, and the scene at the courthouse was surprisingly calm, People reports. The singer looked distraught during a recess, but she appeared to be in higher spirits returning to the courtroom. Because she remains under the conservatorship of her father, the court is unlikely to give her custody of her two young sons, despite her recently improved behavior.