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Britney Spears‘ conservatorship is likely to end within the next three months, according to reports.

A source close to the situation tells Radar Online: “Britney has made tremendous progress in the past three to four months. She seems to be firmly in control again.”

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Britney allegedly met privately with Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Reva Goetz on Thursday morning in the judge’s chambers. The next conservatorship hearing is on Oct. 14.

The source described how Britney’s attorney, Sam Imgham, was also present at the 35-minute meeting, while Judge Goetz met with her dad Jamie Spears and her therapist separately.

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The conservatorship has been in place since February 2008, after Britney was hospitalized at the UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute.

“Britney essentially has joint custody of the boys with Kevin. They co-parent them,” the source said. “Her boys are simply the most important thing in the world to her.

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“Britney also will be releasing an album in 2011, and there are other projects in the works. Britney knows that she came close to losing everything before, and she doesn’t want that to happen again.”

Friends of Britney credit her father with her life turnaround. “Jamie put his life on hold to save his daughter,” said one source.

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“He knew he had to step up in order to save her. Jamie and Britney have had their fair share of fights, but now they have a very strong father-daughter bond,” says the source. “Britney recognizes the sacrifices her dad has made.”

“No one wants Britney to fall prey to the people that were in her life during the time when her problems overwhelmed her,” the source adds. “Britney’s inner circle now is very close, and trusted.”

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The conservatorship likely will end in two phases, with Britney taking control of her financial affairs in the second stage.

“There will be a hearing for the conservatorship to end. This won’t be done in secret,” the source told Radar Online. “There is nothing to hide, everyone just wants to be cautious that it’s the right time, and all signs seem to indicate that it is.”

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