What will it take for Britney Spears to regain custody or at least some visitation rights with her two sons? That we can't say for sure at this time.
But the pop star's tentative reconciliation with her father, Jamie Spears, is a big step in the right direction, says Kevin Federline's lawyer.
Mark Vincent Kaplan was full of praise for Jamie Spears, who has emerged as a controversial, but positive force in Britney's life recently.
"Jamie Spears' presence is an extreme positive," Kaplan said, adding that Jamie's presence could make it possible "to develop a visitation plan that enables [Sean Preston and Jayden James] to have a mother in their lives."
While Britney's visitation with Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1, was discussed at Tuesday's custody hearing, there were no official changes.
Spears has not seen her sons since the January 3 standoff with police at her home. K-Fed has full custody of the boys pending further notice.
Mark Vincent Kaplan represents Kevin Federline, but he - along with K-Fed and everyone else involved - has his eye on reuniting Britney with Jayden James.
Still, Kaplan said of the future point in which Britney can share the kids again, "[Jamie] brings that day closer. Absolutely."
Jamie Spears' role as conservator - overseeing Britney's medical treatment and estimated $100 million fortune - has attracted its share of criticism.
Britney Spears herself is seeking legal remedies to regain control, says attorney Jon Eardley, who believes Jamie's conservatorship is a "violation of [the singer's] civil rights" and has challenged it in federal court.
We speculate that Sam Lutfi - ostracized by the Spears clan after it was alleged that he drugged Britney - is behind Jon Eardley's filing.
Mark Vincent Kaplan, for his part, sees Jamie's control as a "huge step."
"From the ground up," Kaplan said. "[Jamie] is stabilizing the situation, removing people that may not have had Britney's best interests at heart."
Does that mean Britney Spears could see her kids soon?
"We all want this as soon as possible," said Kaplan. "That's Kevin's desire - to have his kids visiting their mother. That's everyone's goal."
The FedEx man has indicated that he wants Britney to regain at least some custody or visitation, even as she receives treatment for bipolar disorder.