K-Fed, Britney Trying to Hammer Out Custody Deal

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Kevin Federline wants Britney Spears to play a major role in the lives of Sean Preston and Jayden James. Just not a bigger role than his.

The FedEx man's attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, spoke to E! News in the wake of Thursday's all-day mediation session, in which both sides were seeking to hash out a custody agreement in advance of an August trial.

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"Kevin is seeking to maintain the sole legal and physical custody that he presently has," Kaplan said. "There's nothing magical about 50-50."

"There's nothing magical about 60-40. What's magical is that whatever order is in place, it best suits the best interests of the children."

Which, ideally, would give the 30-year-old Kevin Federline full custody of his sons, simply making permanent the present temporary order.

Ever since Britney's epic January meltdowns, K-Fed's had sole legal custody.

"Kevin Federline has had ustody since January," Kaplan noted. "He wants that to become the permanent order at trial, and Britney's visitation to be consistent with what the court expanded it to this week."

Namely, allowing the troubled Britney Spears overnight visitation with her sons (and Maddie Briann Aldridge's cousins), Sean Preston and Jayden James, which begin Saturday. She is also allowed two daytime visits a week.

For his part, Kaplan said K-Fed is more than happy to give the stabilized Britney Spears not only more custody rights but a chance to become "involved in their lives in a very substantial and meaningful way."

"[Kevin Federline] wants to have an order... taking into account a certain stability and structure for the kids... regardless of whose house they happen to be in at any given moment. When the conservatorship was imposed, it brought a sense of structure and stability to an environment that was continually in flux - and in flux not a description of what you want for a child's environment."

Thursday's mediation didn't result in any brokered accords, but it did get both parties started on the right path to like-mindedness.

"The mediation didn't result in an agreement that would avoid the trial set in August," Kaplan said. "The mood was comfortable, positive and it was a mood that was consistent with opening at least a great dialogue."

As for what would call off this summer's planned court date?

"The trial in August is going to determine two primary issues," Mark Vincent Kaplan said. "Custody and visitation, and attorneys' fees... In order to avoid the trial in all respects, there would have to be an agreement between the parties to resolve the attorneys' fees, and to put in place a custody arrangement that would carry forward... an expansion of the visitation. If the existing arrangement was acceptable to both parties, we would have an agreement and we wouldn't have to go to trial... But that didn't happen."

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