Sam Lutfi and Britney Spears in October 2007
03/17/2008 at 06:00 AM EDT
's former confidante, Sam Lutfi, has agreed to stay away from the singer for an additional month, PEOPLE has learned.
The temporary restraining order
placed against him last month was set to expire Monday. It appears the deal was struck as a way of warding off a courtroom confrontation with Spears's parents. (The court is expected to approve the extension.)
Spears's mother, Lynne, previously accused Lutfi of drugging and verbally abusing
her daughter. (Los Angeles police have said they are considering the claims
Based on evidence presented in court, a restraining order can be extended for up to five years, legal experts say.
"In order to have a restraining order dropped, Lutfi would have to convince the judge that all the evidence against him being a threat to the family is wrong," says L.A. family lawyer Scott Weston, who is not involved in the case.
Meanwhile, Spears, 26, appears to be getting back on track – thanks, in part, to dad Jamie's controlling influence
. She recently filmed
a guest appearance on CBS's How I Met Your Mother
and is now allowed multiple monitored visits with her two sons – Preston, 2, and Jayden, 1 – each week, says a source close to the case.
The source adds that those visits – agreed to by her ex, Kevin Federline
, without the court's involvement – would likely increase over time.