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Britney Spears’ Conservatorship: Precaution Or Excessive?

Does anyone know why Britney Spears is still under conservatorship? I mean, besides Britney, her judge, and her dad?


Last Thursday, reported that Britney and her father met with Judge Reva Goetz – at the request of the judge – to discuss the conservatorship Britney has been under since early 2008.

For those of you who aren’t all up to par on your legalese, being under conservatorship means someone else has control of all your stuff – stuff being your money, assets, etc. – and when “you” are an actual “you” and not an organization or some other entity, the reason for conservatorship usually circles around mental or physical inabilities to make legal, financial, and medical decisions on your own.

Given Britney’s past (the one filled with substance abuse and involuntary hospitalization; not the Mouseketeer one), no one was really shocked when she was placed under conservatorship; however, it’s been nearly three years. In Britney’s defense, two-and-some-change fairly uneventful, drama-free, seemingly mentally stable years.

Well, “uneventful” might not be the best word.

Since being put under conservatorship in early 2008, there’s been a lot of “comeback” talk regarding Britney Spears. She appeared in How I Met Your Mother, which ABC called a comeback, the UK’s Daily Mail called “Womanizer” her “sizzling new comeback single” and MTV called her “the comeback kid” when she racked up three awards at the 2008 VMAs: Best Female Video, Best Pop Video, and Video of the Year award, all for “Piece of Me.”

And let’s not forget her latest Glee appearance, which was really well received and apparently broke the show’s ratings record.

Her personal life also seems to be pretty uneventful. Aside from the occasional “Is that a new tattoo?”-eqsue media attention, she’s been in what seems like a solid relationship with former agent Jason Trawick.

So, I guess what I’m having trouble wrapping my brain around is why Judge Goetz thinks she still needs the conservatorship? It’s been nearly three years.

Of course, we only know what Britney or the media report (but let’s face it – if there’s some wild drama going on, the media’s gonna be on it), so maybe there are enough behind-the-scenes issues going on to make the judge hesitant.

Or, maybe Judge Goetz is trying to ease Britney back into full control of her own life. TMZ reports that lately Britney has been making most of her financial decisions herself anyway, and at the hearing, the judge did approve “investment strategies” for Britney’s trust.

For now, all we know is that Britney Spears seems to be doing well and, even though she’s still under conservatorship, I think we can safely assume it won’t be for too much longer.

And, given how well it’s worked for Britney, perhaps a conservatorship would be beneficial for Lindsay Lohan, too? Mom Dina and manager Lou Taylor are hoping to find out.

Britney Spears’ Conservatorship: Precaution Or Excessive?

Alicia Sparks

Alicia Sparks is a freelance writer and editor and the creator of, where she blogs to help new freelance writers get their quills in the pot, so to speak. Among animal rights, music, and physical wellness, her passions include mental health and advocacy. Here at Psych Central she works as Syndication Editor as well as authors Your Body, Your Mind, Unleash Your Creativity, and World of Psychology's weekly "Psychology Around the Net."

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