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Following a court hearing Tuesday, Britney Spears was granted expanded visitation rights of her two sons, Sean Preston and Jayden James, says Us.

Kevin Federline's attorney, Mark Kaplan, said the decision "represents a cautious step moving forward." He also said that the court was "pleased with the progress that seems to be occurring" with Spears daily.

In addition, a court spokesman read a statement from Brit's parents that lauded their daughter and the court: "We are so pleased with Britney's progress, and we are very appreciative of the court's recognition of this progress." And, while Spears herself did not discuss the ruling, she was reportedly smiling as she left he court with her parents, and her attorney gave a thumbs-up when asked if Brit was pleased.

Tuesday's decision does not change Federline's possession of full custody, an arrangement that began in January, but it does seem like a step in the right direction. Between her apparent stability with another upcoming Mother appearance and now this news, is Britney more firmly on the road to recovery? - Anna Dimond

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