A judge presiding over the custody battle between Britney Spears and her ex-husband has restored the singer's rights to visit her children.

One of the Baby One More Time star's lawyers, Anne Kiley, confirmed to the Associated Press that Spears had regained the right to see her children. Pictures of Spears driving her children around Los Angeles in her white Mercedes convertible have also been published.

Scott Gordon, the judge who is hearing the custody case, took away Spears' right to visit her children last week, after previously awarding the singer's former spouse Kevin Federline full custody of the two boys.

Spears was told at the time that she could not see her sons until she complied with court orders to undergo regular drug treatment and parenting classes.

Gordon previously said the pop princess was a "habitual, frequent and continuous" user of controlled substances and alcohol. He also laid down numerous conditions the star had to meet if she wanted to regain 50-50 custody of her children. The next hearing into the case is scheduled to occur on October 26th.

Spears, who is also involved in court proceedings over a parking incident, is apparently close to agreeing a financial settlement with the owner of the car she hit, which could result in some of the counts being dropped.

The troubled 26-year-old star was fingerprinted and booked at a Los Angeles Police station a few days ago over the incident, which saw her leave a parking lot after an accident with Kim Robard-Rifkin's stationary car.

She faces two misdemeanour charges of hit-and-run causing property damage and driving without a valid licence. Spears' attorney says he expects the hit-and-run offence to be dropped when the owner of the car receives compensation.

22/10/2007 07:15:13