Britney Spears should not be married until her conservatorship ends, according to a family law attorney.
Britney Spears, 39, is engaged to longtime lover Sam Asghari, 27, but the couple isn’t planning to marry anytime soon.
Sabrina Shaheen Cronin, JD, MBA, the founder and managing partner of The Cronin Law Firm, told HollywoodLife that rushing to the altar could jeopardize Britney’s conservatorship because “her private life has been carefully regulated.”
“Britney has been under intense surveillance for years, and her private life has been heavily monitored, based on what has been revealed and reported,” Cronin tells HollywoodLife EXCLUSIVELY. “Because the conservatorship is supposed to make choices in Britney’s best interests, it will likely be up to the court to decide whether the conservatorship is necessary and, if so, what the repercussions of the marriage will be.”
On Sunday, Sept. 12, the “Lucky” singer announced her engagement to her partner on her Instagram account, which has since been removed. The singer shared a video on Instagram of herself posing with Sam and flashing her engagement ring to the camera. She silently gushed and grinned next to her lovely beau as she stared over the moon.
The vocalist of Oops!…I Did It Again has been waiting for this news for a long time. She discussed this and her wish to have more children throughout her shocking court testimony. “I want to be able to marry and have a child,” she told Judge Brenda J. Penny on June 23, claiming that she had an IUD in place to prevent conception that her conservators, including Jamie Spears, 68, refuse to remove. “Right now, I have an IUD in my body that will prevent me from having a baby, and my conservators will not allow me to go to the doctor to have it removed,” she explained. “They don’t want me to have another baby,” she added.
There have been great strides in ending the conservatorship of her estate since her estranged father Jamie Spears, 69, consented to stand down as conservator, but there are many unknowns, especially with her new engagement. Will dissolving the conservatorship be enough for Britney to marry her five-year-long boyfriend, or will the courts have to divorce her marriage?
“To put it succinctly, the answer is yes. If there is solid reason, marriages can be dissolved. “The protected people has been declared mentally incapable of making their own judgments in the instance of a conservatorship,” Cronin explains.
“To enter into a marriage, both parties must be competent enough to grasp what is going on and the implications of their decision. Mental incompetence is one of the few grounds a judge in California might declare a marriage invalid.”
This means that Britney’s present conservator is still in place, and her father, who is also her conservator, might argue that the marriage should be annulled. “Given the legislation, the current conservator could petition the court to dissolve the marriage and claim that Britney’s inability to consent due to mental incompetence should be nullified, and so dissolved,” Cronin continues.
“While it is possible, it is not entirely likely, given that Britney’s current conservator appears to be on her side when it comes to loosening the reins and giving Britney greater control over her life.”
While the pop star’s situation isn’t ideal, and it’s unknown whether the newly engaged couple will rush down the aisle, the two are relishing their engagement and celebrating the significant milestone in the best way they can.