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Britney can keep sons overnight once a week

It wasn't one of Britney Spears' more overwhelming performances, but her live appearance in court won her back a piece of motherhood.

Spears stood up for herself Thursday for the first time in her custody battle with ex-husband Kevin Federline and faced the court commissioner who took her kids away, citing drug and alcohol abuse by the pop princess.

By the time the closed-door session was over, Spears was awarded one overnight stay a week with her two little boys even though she won't be left alone with them — someone appointed by the court will be monitoring her.

She spent about an hour before the commissioner, who earlier declined to rule on her emergency request to expand visitation.