What to know about Britney Spears’s court battle over her conservatorship

Britney Spears attends the premiere of “Once Upon a Time In Hollywood” in July 2019. (Mario Anzuoni/Reuters)

After 13 years as Britney Spears’s conservator, her father, Jamie Spears, agreed Thursday to vacate the role. The action comes after Britney Spears’s recently appointed lawyer, the former federal prosecutor Mathew Rosengart, filed a petition for her father’s suspension and removal from the conservatorship on July 26. (That petition was denied by the judge.)

“We are pleased that Mr. Spears and his lawyer have today conceded in a filing that he must be removed. It is vindication for Britney,” Rosengart wrote in a statement to The Washington Post. “We are disappointed, however, by their ongoing shameful and reprehensible attacks on Ms. Spears and others."

Another petition Rosengart filed last month with the Los Angeles Superior Court requested the instatement of Jason Rubin, a certified public accountant, as Jamie Spears’s successor, emphasizing that Britney Spears’s new authority to choose her own legal counsel should be considered proof that she could choose her own conservator of estate. “Ms. Spears respectfully submits that the Court should appoint her nominee; in that, it is an objectively intelligent preference to nominate a highly qualified, professional fiduciary in this circumstance," the filing read. "Moreover, Ms. Spears respectfully submits that, given the Court’s recognition at the July 14, 2021, hearing that Ms. Spears has sufficient capacity to choose her own legal counsel, she likewise has sufficient capacity to make this nomination.”

At that hearing, Spears spoke by phone and became emotional describing what she called “conservatorship abuse” at the hands of her father. Spears told the court she wanted to press charges against him and repeated the same plea she made at the hearing on June 23: that the court terminate her conservatorship.

Since that dramatic June appearance — in which Spears, 39, made a rare public statement about the misery she has endured as a conservatee and asked for the termination of the “embarrassing” arrangement — fans and observers have anxiously awaited new developments.

Conservatorships are notoriously complex arrangements, and Spears’s has been especially confusing for observers because many of its details and inner workings have been concealed from public view. Below are some of the most frequently asked questions about Spears’s conservatorship so you can get up to speed.