Amanda officially filed a petition to the Ventura County Superior Court in California on February 23, alongside a capacity declaration the day prior. A court hearing has been scheduled for March 22, 2022. Following Page Six’s report, Amanda’s attorney David A. Esquibias told People: “Amanda wishes to terminate her conservatorship. She believes her condition is improved and protection of the court is no longer necessary.”
NBC News reports that while Amanda’s parents do not plan to attend the upcoming virtual hearing, they support her decision to end the agreement. “The parents are happy, thrilled to get this good news,” the Bynes family’s attorney, Tamar Arminak, told the publication. “The professionals say she is ready to make her own life choices and decisions and are so proud of her. They 100 percent support her decision to end the conservatorship.”
Amanda’s mother, Lynn Bynes, was appointed as her conservator in August 2013, giving her control of the actor’s affairs and estate after Amanda allegedly set fire to a driveway. As noted by People, the agreement was an emergency temporary conservatorship.
However, in October 2014, she was granted conservatorship of her daughter once again after Amanda was arrested for DUI, among other things. Amanda’s mother reportedly filed a petition that said Amanda “poses a substantial risk to herself, to others, and to property,” per People. A month later, Amanda announced via social media that she had been diagnosed with bipolar and manic-depressive disorder.
“My lawyer said if I comply with the courts and take my meds and see my psychologist and [psychiatrist] weekly then I will get unconserved. Thank GOD,” the actor reportedly tweeted back then.
In August 2018, according to E! News, Amanda’s conservatorship agreement was extended again until 2020. “The conservatorship can end at any time prior to 2020, but both Amanda and her parents are on such good terms and happy with Amanda’s life and future, the conservatorship is the last thing on their minds,” Tamar Arminak stated to E! News at the time.
In an interview with Paper Magazine that same year, Amanda said her parents really helped her “get back on track.”
In September 2021, People reported Amanda’s next status report was scheduled for 2023. “Her conservatorship is not extended through March 2023. It is open day to day,” Esquibias explained to the outlet. “A status report regarding her health and welfare was recently filed and approved by the court. By law, the next status report is due in two years. Her conservatorship will terminate when it is no longer convenient for Amanda.”
In the wake of Amanda’s petition, many on social media are equating her case to Britney Spears’s complex legal battle, which came to an end this past November when a judge ruled in favor of terminating her legal guardianship after more than 13 years. However, Amanda’s attorney clarified her case has not been inspired by Spears at all. Rather, it’s been a long-time coming.