Oct. 3, 2007: Realizing she must make moves to regain custody of her kids, Spears goes to a California DMV, applies for and gets a temporary driver's license. She brings Lutfi with her, causing some to wonder whether he's acting as her manager/handler.
Oct. 4, 2007: Despite her efforts, a Los Angeles judge rules Federline will retain custody of the children. Spears gets regular, supervised visits with them. Meanwhile, ex-Spears bodyguard Barretto files child-abuse claims against her and meets with authorities at the Los Angeles Department of Children and Family Services, which then launches an investigation based on his claims.
Spears in Malibu Oct. 4, the day a judge decreed she can have monitored visits with her sons.
Oct. 11, 2007: After one week of random drug tests comes up clean, a Los Angeles superior court commission grants Spears one monitored overnight visit each week with her sons.
Oct. 16, 2007: Spears goes to a Los Angeles police station to be fingerprinted, photographed and booked on two minor traffic charges.
Oct. 18, 2007: Claiming she failed to follow court orders handed down the previous month, Federline's lawyers request that Spears' visitation rights be suspended. Their request is granted.
Oct. 19, 2007: While attempting to get through the crush of paparazzi in front of her Beverly Hills doctor's office, Spears runs over the foot of a photographer. She later settles her case with the owner of the car she ran into in August.
Oct. 21, 2007: Spears wins back visitation rights with her children and starts going to co-parenting counseling sessions with Federline.
Oct. 23, 2007: Spears' parenting coach, Lisa Hacker, submits a report to Los Angeles Superior Court saying the pop star ignored her presence and that she wasn't able to get through to the pop star. The report also suggests Spears ignores her children and doesn't play with them.
Oct. 30, 2007: Following the report, a judge rules Spears will not regain custody of Sean Preston and Jayden James.
Nov. 6, 2007: Federline gets $120,000 from Spears to help pay for legal bills incurred from their child-custody battle.
Nov. 7, 2007: At an emergency court hearing, Mark Vincent Kaplan, Federline's attorney, claims Spears has not been complying with drug-testing orders.
Nov. 8, 2007: At a follow-up hearing, Spears is accused of only responding to calls for six of the 14 drug tests she was ordered by the court to take.
Nov. 9, 2007: Paparazzo captures Spears running a red light and allegedly making an illegal turn with Sean Preston and Jayden James in the back seat of her car.
Nov. 26, 2007: The Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Services requests access to all the files in the couple's custody case, but Spears' attorney calls the request impractical.
Dec. 5, 2007: L.A. Department of Children and Family Services child-welfare investigators launch probe into claims of "multiple child abuse and neglect" against Spears.
Dec. 12, 2007: Spears skips a deposition in her child-custody case the same day her 16-year-old sister, Jamie-Lynn, announces she's pregnant. Federline's lawyer seeks a court sanction against her for failing to show.
Jan. 2, 2008: Spears' lawyers filed a motion requesting permission from the Los Angeles Superior Court to withdraw themselves from her custody battle, citing "a breakdown in communications." The same day, Spears missed another scheduled deposition.