Why Britney is 'concerned' K-Fed could keep the kids from her

Things could get uglier between Britney Spearsand Kevin Federline before they get better. The pop icon has concerns that that her ex-husband could keep their two children from her if she does not agree to increase his child support payments, a legal source close to Spears exclusively tells Us Weekly.

“Britney is extremely agitated and extremely concerned that Kevin is going to no longer allow her to see their children because he has sole custody as retribution for not agreeing to the $40,000 in child support payment, which would be a $20,000 increase from what he is getting now,” the source tells Us.

The former couple, who were married from 2004 to 2007, share 12-year-old son Sean Preston and 11-year-old son Jayden James. Federline, 40, filed official documents to increase child support payments from Spears, 36, on Tuesday, May 22. The DJ’s celebrity divorce attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, told Us on Tuesday that Federline deserves “at least three times” more than the $20,000 a month the “Make Me” singer currently pays him.

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AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS - MAY 6: (UK, US AND CANADA RIGHTS ONLY) Pop superstar Britney Spears and new boyfriend Kevin Federline spend time together in Amsterdam on May 6, 2004 in The Netherlands. Federline is a dancer and the pair have apparently been friends for a while ahead of becoming a couple. (Photo by Dennis van Tellingen/Bruno Press/Getty Images)
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LAS VEGAS - DECEMBER 8: Singer Britney Spears and husband Kevin Federline kiss as they arrive at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards on December 8, 2004 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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HOLLYWOOD - FEBRUARY 08: Singer Britney Spears (R) and husband Kevin Federline arrive at the SONY BMG Grammy Party held at The Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel on February 8, 2006 in Hollywood, California. (Photo by Vince Bucci/Getty Images)
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“Britney’s father, Jamie, had signed off on a modest increase of $25,000, but demanded a monthly accounting of how that money was being spent,” the source explains. “Kevin has four other children from previous relationships, and it’s not Britney’s responsibility to pay for their care.” (Federline shares Kori, 15, and Kaleb, 13, with ex-fiancée Shar Jackson and Jordan, 6, and Peyton, 3, with wife Victoria Prince, whom he married in August 2013.)

The source adds that Spears and her father “want to know” what Federline currently spends the $20,000 a month on, claiming that “all of Preston and Jayden’s expenses are paid for while they are with Kevin, from schooling, clothes, insurance.”

“There is nothing that Kevin has to pay for,” the source continues. “Nothing has changed in the care Britney has given the kids and Kevin has acknowledged what a great mom she is … Lost in all of this is the kids, they are the ones caught in the middle.”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 24: Britney Spears attends the 4th Hollywood Beauty Awards on February 25, 2018 in Hollywood, California.(Photo by JB Lacroix/WireImage)
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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Sean Federline, Jayden James Federline, Britney Spears and Sam Asghari attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 29: Britney Spears and Sam Asghari attend a basketball game between the Los Angeles Lakers and the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center on November 29, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Allen Berezovsky/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 04: Singer Britney Spears speaks during the grand opening of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Britney Spears Campus on November 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 04: Singer Britney Spears (L) and talent manager Larry Rudolph listen to Clark County Commissioner Steve Sisolak's speech during the grand opening of the Nevada Childhood Cancer Foundation Britney Spears Campus on November 4, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)
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ORLANDO, FL - MARCH 13: (EDITORS NOTE: Image has been retouched.) Britney Spears enjoys a family outing with Jayden Federline, Maddie Aldridge and Sean Federline at Planet Hollywood Disney Springs on March 13, 2017 in Orlando, Florida. (Photo by Gerardo Mora/Getty Images for Planet Hollywood Observatory)
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SAN JOSE, CA - DECEMBER 03: Singer Britney Spears performs during the Now! 99.7 Triple Ho Show 7.0 at SAP Center on December 3, 2016 in San Jose, California. (Photo by C Flanigan/FilmMagic)
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According to the court documents obtained by The Blast, Federline currently makes $3,000 a month working as a DJ because he is “simply less of a ‘name’ and less in demand than he was in 2008,” which is when the child support was determined.

Federline’s lawyer told Us on Tuesday that “a court hearing will be set, and the parties will engage in financial discovery, which will enable guideline support payment that Kevin should receive.”

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