Dan Abrams Discusses Britney Spears Custody Hearing On ‘Today’

has been stripped of all custodial rights because she was a no-show. Her next court day is in February. Will she show up for that? NBC’s Janet Shamlian reported on Monday’s developments on the ‘Today’ show this morning, getting comments from attorney Neal Hersh.

Then, ‘Today’ co-host Matt Lauer spoke with MSNBC’s Dan Abrams about the bizarre day. Asked whether Britney not attending the non mandatory hearing had a role in the judge’s ruling, Abrams responded, “In theory it’s not supposed to, but of course it does. These are sorts of decisions that have to be made on gut instinct to some degree. There’s no clear cut legal principle that says, ‘When x happens, this person gets the child, or when y happens, this person loses visitation’. It’s a totality of the circumstances. And when considering what had happened earlier in January, you add on top of that the fact that she’s not even coming. You add on top of that all the things she is doing so publicly, it just hurts her case.”

As for what Britney can do to change her standing in the case before February 19th, Abrams suggested Spears “has to behave herself first of all. She has to show that she cares and she has to show most importantly that she’s not a threat to the children. The legal standard is what is in the best interest of these children. Period.” Watch the segment below.

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