Tough divorce ahead for Spears

LOS ANGELES: Pop-star Britney Spears faces a bitter divorce battle after estranged husband Kevin Federline vowed to fight for custody of the couple’s children in court docume-nts filed on November 8.

Lawyers for Federline responded to Spears’ demand for a divorce by lodging papers indicating the pop star’s husband will seek sole custody of the couple’s two baby sons as well as spousal support.

Celebrity website TMZ.Com reported on Tuesday that Federline would seek custody as a tactical ploy aimed at securing a slice of Spears’ fortune, estimated at around $120 million by Forbes in 2004. Reports have said Spears was protected against a costly settlement through an “iron-clad” pre-nuptial agreement.

Spears is seeking a divorce from Federline after a two-year marriage to the former back-up dancer, and just two months after the birth of the couple’s second son.