The Trials and Tribulations of Britney Spears

Jan. 3, 2008: Spears finally shows up, albeit late, for her deposition but leaves after 15 minutes. Meanwhile, Spears' lawyers set a trial date in her misdemeanor driving case stemming from her August hit and run. Later that day, Spears gets into a standoff with cops at her home when she refuses to hand over her sons to Federline. Hysterical, she's rushed to the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center.

Spears was hysterical as she was taken from her home Jan. 3.

Jan. 4, 2008: At an emergency hearing, a judge gives sole custody of Sean Preston and Jayden James to Federline.

Jan. 5, 2008: Spears is unexpectedly released from the hospital early after TV shrink Dr. Phil pays her a visit.

Jan. 8, 2008: Police impound Spears' car after finding it abandoned on the street.

Jan. 12, 2008: Federline's lawyers asks the LAPD to release its report on what happened at Spears' home during the Jan. 3 incident.

Jan. 14, 2008: After multiple testimonies from LAPD officers, Spears' parenting coach and bodyguard Lonnie Jones, a judge keeps in effect an order suspending Spears' right to visit her sons, keeping them in the custody of Federline. Spears showed up at the hearing but abruptly left before going in.

Jan. 23, 2008: Once again, Spears shows up at a custody hearing but leaves before going in. Lawyer Kiley confirmed she and her legal team will stay on the case, despite the motion filed Jan. 2.

Jan. 25, 2008: Spears' lawyer wins more time to work on her driving-without-a-valid license case.

Jan. 31, 2008: Surrounded by a small army of police, family and friends, Spears is rushed from her home to UCLA's Medical Center for a 72-hour emergency psychiatric hold.

A small army of police led Spears to the hospital Jan. 31.

Feb. 1, 2008: Spears' father, James Spears, is put in charge of her welfare during a surprise court appearance by him and her mom, Lynne.

Feb. 4, 2008: Spears' stay in the psychiatric ward is extended for two weeks under a section in state law that allows patients to be kept for medical treatment if they are found to be gravely disabled or a danger to themselves or others. Meanwhile, at a child custody hearing, a judge ruled that she still can't see her kids. And Spears' father was granted control of her finances until Feb. 14 by another judge who also barred Spears from contacting Lutfi.

Feb. 5, 2008: Details of a restraining order filed by Spears' mom against Lutfi are released by a Los Angeles court. Lynne Spears alleges that Lutfi "essentially moved into Britney's home and has purported to take control of her life, home and finances" since meeting her in October 2007. She also claims that Lutfi drugged Britney, cut her home phone line and removed her cell phone chargers.

Feb. 6, 2008: Spears is released early from the psychiatric ward, despite her doctor's recommendations. According to People magazine, a court representative found "no just cause" for the 14-day hold Spears was put on by her doctor.

Spears drove out of the UCLA Medical Center Feb. 6

Feb. 14, 2008: A court extends the conservatorship of Spears and takes actions intended to give her father and a lawyer access to money in the pop singer's trust to cover her needs.

Feb. 19, 2008: A judge denies lawyer Kiley's request to issue a gag order Spears' child-custody battle.

Feb. 20, 2008: A judge halts Spears' driving-without-a-license case after her lawyers say they don't believe she is capable of resolving the matter.

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