Troubled star currently responsible for the cost

Britney Spears’ lawyer reckons Kevin Federline can afford to ‘take responsibility’ for some of his own legal fees.

The rapper recently left a £1,000 tip in a restaurant and attorney Stacy Phillips argued in court on Monday that Kev can afford to help pay ‘for the diligent work being done on his behalf.’

At the moment, Brit is responsible for paying the lawyers’ bills her ex-husband’s has notched up during their custody battle, including £200,000 owed to Mark Vincent Kaplan.

Both Kevin, 25, and Brit’s dad Jamie – who played golf together at the weekend – were present at the hearing.

The question of who will end up writing the cheque is still ‘under submission’.

‘When the judge will rule, I don’t know,’ court spokesman Allan Parachini tells People.

Britney, 26, lost custody of her boys Jayden James, 1, and Sean Preston, 2, on 3 January. She has recently been allowed supervised visits to see them with Kevin’s consent.

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