Britney Spears, Kevin Federline

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UPDATE 2: Hearing ended about 11 a.m. Britney Spears exited the courtroom and told reporters she was "pleased" with the outcome. Kevin Federline was smiling as he left but did not comment.

UPDATE 1: Shortly before 10 a.m., Commissioner Scott Gordon swore in both parties and then cleared the court for the hearing.

Britney Spears may be one step closer to that cousin summit she's been hoping for.

The pop star and ex-husband Kevin Federline are in Los Angeles Superior Court awaiting a hearing on the terms of custody for their sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James.

To avoid mingling with the common folk, the former fun couple were sequestered in a private chambers just off the courtroom, awaiting their respective attorneys: Blair Berk and the returning Laura Wasser for her; Mark Vincent Kaplan for him.

Spears, in a white blouse and khakis, and Federline, in a gray suit, arrived separately around 8:30 a.m., entering the complex through a garage to circumvent paparazzi. Her father and conservator of her estate, Jamie Spears, is also accounted for.

A source tells E! News their attorneys have been in discussions in recent weeks about allowing the boys to have overnight visitation with Spears, 26. The "Gimme More" singer had been hoping overnights would have started over a week ago, the insider says, but that was delayed. Federline, 30, has said he wants the kids to be able to spend more time with their mother.

Spears has also been talking about her desire to have her sons meet their brand-new cousin, Jamie Lynn's daughter, Maddie, if she is able to eventually get permission to fly the boys down to Louisiana.

Sleepovers would be a start.

Baby steps.

(Originally published June 24, 2008 at 8:45 a.m. PT.)

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