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They may have divorced in 2007 but Britney Spears and Kevin Federline eventually found a way to get along for the sake of their sons, Sean and Jayden, of whom K-Fed has full custody. The custody agreement was all determined a decade ago, after the singer’s very-public breakdown, which led her to be placed under the care of her father, Jamie Spears, in a conservatorship that remains to this day. And for a while there, a long time even, Britney and Kevin were doing fine, until last month when Federline asked for a hefty increase in child support payments. At the time, we thought the whole thing would be quietly settled. But, nope.

According to The Blast, K-Fed wanted double what he was getting (so, from $20,000 a month to $40,000) but Jamie wasn’t down with that and suggested setting a budget for Federline rather than upping the amount. That wasn’t exactly what Federline wanted to hear, and things only got worse when Spears’ people threatened to audit Federline’s child support spending. In turn, Kevin’s attorney requested to see Brit’s tax returns — in an attempt to seek more money in back child support pay — and now Jamie wants to see Kev’s tax returns to see how Federline is allocating the money. Ohhhh boy.

TMZ reports that if a judge says Britney has to pay more, Jamie will concede; he just wants to make sure “the kids are getting what they need from both Kevin and Britney,” and that “Kevin isn’t squandering the cash on matters unrelated to Sean and Jayden.” Understandable, since Kevin has four other children and he and his wife reportedly don’t work. But it also makes us wonder how much of a say Britney has in all this. Obviously, because of the conservatorship, not a hell of a lot, but her opinion should matter.

Ultimately, though, Daddy Spears holds the cards and controls the money. That being said, Kevin controls the access to the kids, so now it’s shaping up to be a battle of money vs. the boys and, well, that’s just gross. They just need to go to court and let a judge decide if the boys’ needs are being met and if an increase is necessary. If Kevin and his legal team can prove that, then so be it. Done. Right?