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(CNN) – The legal battle for the guardianship of Britney Spears' estate continued in court Thursday.
Although the pop star was not present, her father Jamie Spears attended virtually when Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Brenda Penny heard arguments from Spears and her father's attorneys
Hearing focused on the appointment of the Bessemer Trust in November to act as co-guardian , along with his father, from Spears' estate. Judge Penny ruled in favor of maintaining co-tutoring and made no changes to the procedures Thursday.
PHOTOS | Britney Spears, her ups and downs through the years
1 of 27 | Britney Spears speaks on stage during the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday, August 16. Click through this gallery to see other moments in his life and career.
2 of 27 | As a young man, Spears was a member of the new generation of the "Mickey Mouse Club." Here she is sitting next to Ryan Gosling in the front row. From left in the back row are TJ Fantini, Tate Lynche, Nikki Deloach, Christina Aguilera, and Justin Timberlake.
3 of 27 | Spears hit the world scene in 1999 with her first studio album "Baby One More Time". Photo: Matt Baron / BEImages (568222v) Britney Spears1999 z100 Zootopia Concert, New Jersey, America – June 4, 1999 Britney Spears1999 z100 Zootopia Concert at Continental Airlines Arena in East Rutherford, New Jersey on June 4, 1999.Manhattan, New YorkPhoto ?? Matt Baron / BEImages
4 of 27 | Spears makes her famous performance with a snake on her shoulders at the 2001 MTV Video Music Awards. (TIMOTHY A. CLARY / AFP / Getty Images)
5 of 27 | In 2001, Spears walked the red carpet with her boyfriend and Justin Timberlake. (ARALDO DI CROLLALANZA / REX)
6 of 27 | In 2002, Taryn Manning, Spears and Zoe Saldana appeared in the movie "Crossroads."
7 of 27 | Spears and her younger sister, Jamie Lynn, at the 2002 Teen Choice Awards. (Kevin Winter / Getty Images / FOX)
8 of 27 | In 2003, Spears and Madonna sang and shared a passionate kiss during the opening performance of the MTV Video Music Awards. (AP Photo / Julie Jacobson / FILE)
9 of 27 | Spears and Kevin Federline, her husband at the time, arrive at the 2004 Billboard Music Awards. (J. Merritt / FilmMagic)
10 of 27 | A cover of the New York Daily News, dated February 18, 2007, shows Spears after she had her head shaved. Headlines at the time focused on whether the star was in the midst of a crisis. (NY Daily News Archive via Getty Images)
11 of 27 | Spears performs at the 2007 MTV Video Music Awards.
12 of 27 | The singer arrives in Los Angeles County Superior Court in 2008 for a hearing on the visitation rights of her two children.
13 of 27 | Spears poses in the press room at the 2008 MTV Video Music Awards. (Jon Kopaloff / FilmMagic)
14 of 27 | Spears poses with her children, Preston and Jayden, at the Magic Kingdom in Lake Buena Vista, Florida, in 2009. (AP Photo / Disney, Diana Zalucky)
15 of 27 | Spears and Rihanna perform at the 2011 Billboard Music Awards. (Ethan Miller / Getty Images for ABC)
16 of 27 | From left to right, contestant Carly Rose Sonenclar, Judge Britney Spears, and contestant Diamond White appear on Fox's "The X Factor" in 2012. (FOX via Getty Images)
17 of 27 | Spears and her boyfriend David Lucado go out for a walk in 2013.
18 of 27 | Spears released a new album, "Britney Jean", in 2013.
19 of 27 | Spears began a two-year residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas on December 27, 2013.
20 of 27 | Spears takes the stage at the 2014 People's Choice Awards to accept her Favorite Pop Artist award. (Frank Micelotta / Invision / AP)
21 of 27 | Spears and Iggy Azalea perform at the 2015 Billboard Music Awards. They released a song called "Pretty Girls" together.
22 of 27 | Spears teams up with late-night talk show host James Corden for a "carpool karaoke" in 2016. CBS / Getty Images
23 of 27 | Spears performs at the MTV Video Music Awards in 2016. Brian Ach / WireImage / Getty Images
24 of 27 | Spears receives a birthday cake at the Jingle Ball event in Los Angeles in 2016. Christopher Polk / Getty Images
25 of 27 | Spears accepts the Vanguard Award at the GLAAD Media Awards in 2018. The award goes to an artist who has made a difference in promoting and supporting equality. Vivien Killilea / Getty Images
26 of 27 | Spears appears with Jimmy Fallon on "Tonight Show" in 2018. Andrew LipovskyNBC / Getty Images
27 of 27 | Spears and her boyfriend Sam Asghari attend a Hollywood premiere in 2019. A couple of months earlier, she had left a mental health treatment center after undergoing "comprehensive wellness treatment." Kevin Winter / Getty Images
Spears had previously requested that her father be removed as co-guardian. The latest ruling does not prevent his attorney, Samuel Ingham III, from filing another petition for his removal.
Ingham, who also attended the hearing virtually, reiterated that his client “does not want his father as a co-guardian and we recognize that removal it's a separate issue. "
Vivian L. Thoreen, Jamie Spears' attorney, issued a statement to CNN Thursday night.
" Today's Probate Court rulings show the court's trust in our client Jamie Spears and Bessemer Trust to jointly manage the guardianship of Ms. Spears' estate. My client looks forward to working with Bessemer to pursue an investment strategy in the best interest of his daughter, ”said Thoreen's statement in part.
Britney Spears's father talks about the battle for guardianship of singer
Spears father was appointed for the first time by the court as guardian of her daughter's estate, along with attorney Andrew Wallet, in 2008, after a series of personal problems of the singer that were made public. For most of that period, he also monitored his health and medical decisions. Jamie Spears became the sole guardian of the singer's $ 60 million estate in 2019 following Wallet's resignation.
Ingham filed the first application to officially remove Jamie Spears as guardian last August. Spears Sr. told CNN in December that he hasn't spoken to his daughter since that presentation.
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"I love my daughter and miss her so much," Spears said of her daughter. “When a family member needs special care and protection, families must step up, as I have done for the past 12 years or more, to safeguard, protect and continue to love Britney unconditionally. I have and will continue to provide unwavering love and fierce protection against those with selfish interests and those who seek to harm her or my family. ”
Interest in the singer's guardianship has increased after The New York Times documentary,“ Framing Britney Spears ». Celebrities and supporters have advocated for Spears on social media with the hashtag # FreeBritney.
Another hearing in the case is scheduled for March 17.