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Learning English - Words in the News
31 October, 2007 - Published 15:59 GMT
Britney allowed to visit her children
Britney Spears

Britney Spears has been allowed to see her children three times a week. The singer, who has been involved in a custody battle with her former husband, Kevin Federline, has also been ordered to undergo random drug and alcohol tests. This report from Peter Bowes:

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Britney Spears can spend two afternoons and one full night with her two young sons, but the visits will be monitored and she has to meet several conditions imposed by the court. As well as undergoing drug and alcohol tests, the singer has been told to child-proof her house and to ensure the children are in car seats when they are being driven.

The court ruling refers to a report written by a parenting coach. It concludes that the singer loves her sons and that they are bonded to her, but the home environment ranged from chaotic to almost sombre, with little communication at all.

Kevin Federline was given full custody of the children earlier this month.

Peter Bowes, BBC News, Los Angeles

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watched, checked or supervised by a court or government official

fulfil, satisfy or achieve

conditions imposed by
rules or laws that come from

doing something, because you are told to do it, which is unpleasant or which involves a change in circumstances or behaviour

to child-proof her house
to make her house safe for children

a parenting coach
a person whose job it is to teach parents how to look after their children well

decides something after thinking or considering it for some time

are bonded to her
are emotionally very close to her

from chaotic to almost sombre
ranging from total lack of order to an atmosphere of seriousness, sadness and without any fun

was given full custody
is legally in charge of and is the guardian of the children

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