"She showed herself for a while to be an unfit mother who had to scratch and crawl her way back to having any meaningful time with her children. The settlement will give her the opportunity, if she doesn't have any major setbacks, to have a meaningful role in her kids' life," Talbert said. "This is probably the best solution for the kids. For Britney, it allows her to shrink from the spotlight a little bit -- she doesn't have to go to court every month and endure that circus. That circus can't make it easier for her to stay on the straight and narrow."
So for Spears, the coming months, it's hoped, will mean less courthouse craziness and more quality time with her sons. She could take a cue from little sis Jamie Lynn Spears, who has largely shied away from the spotlight while adjusting to life as a new mom. Then again, she's 17 years old -- not exactly the paragon of parenting.
"I think both of these girls have a lot to learn," Bragman said, "and I don't think they should be using each other as role models."