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People Staff
January 03, 2008 AT 01:00 PM EST

Britney Spears is getting off to a rocky start in 2008. Court documents revealed that her lawyer, Sorrell Trope, no longer wants to help the pop singer win back custody of her two children, People.com reports. On Wednesday, Trope filed a request to withdraw from the turbulent case.

The document reads: “There has been a breakdown in communications between [Spears] and Trope & Trope [law firm] making further representation of her interests impossible.”

Despite his desire to leave the 26-year-old singer behind, Trope cannot just walk out on a case. “A lawyer cannot simply withdraw from a case,” he explained. “We will ask the court to relieve us.” A hearing to resolve Trope’s withdrawal is set for Feb. 4.

As for Spears, she and her ex-husband Kevin Federline will have to face each other on Feb. 19 at another hearing regarding the custody of theirs sons, Sean Preston, 2, and Jayden James, 1.

Trope is the third lawyer to join forces with Spears in the custody battle and later resign.

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