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Katherine Jackson Gets Temporary Custody of Michael's Kids

Postby Michael » Jun 30, 2009 1:35 am

Jackson's mother, Katherine, today was granted limited access to some of her son's property, as well as temporary custody of his three children: 12-year-old Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. (aka Prince Michael), 11-year-old Paris-Michael Katherine Jackson and 7-year-old Prince Michael Jackson II (aka Blanket). The three children have been in Katherine's care since Michael's sudden death last Thursday.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff made the ruling shortly after the Jackson matriarch filed paperwork. Beckloff set a hearing for July 6 on whether to grant her permanent custody and to address naming a temporary guardian of Michael's estate.

Amid confusion over whether he had a valid will, Beckloff also allowed Katherine to take possession of some of the singer's personal property, which is currently in the hands of an unidentified third party.

L. Londell McMillan, the attorney representing Katherine, 79, and Joe Jackson, 80, appeared on NBC's Today this morning to state the Jackson family's case.

"[Katherine] presently has custody. I don't think there will be anybody who thinks that there would be someone better," said McMillan. "She is a very loving host of other grandchildren."

While Blanket was delivered by an unidentified surrogate, the two oldest children were born to Michael and former wife Debbie Rowe, who would be in a better position to assume guardianship under state law—if she decided to challenge the Jackson family.

Rowe, the mother of Prince Michael I and Paris, petitioned in 2001 to waive her parental rights after her divorce from the music legend, but then sought to get them back following his 2005 child-molestation trial. A judge reinstated her rights, though Jackson retained custody after giving her a fat paycheck for her troubles.

McMillan said that Rowe has not informed the family of her desires and that he has no idea whether she would "do anything to uproot the best interest of these children."

The former nurse, whom Michael Jackson met at his dermatologist's office, has not yet indicated whether she will seek guardianship. In her only public remarks, she asked for privacy as the family mourns.

"Ms. Rowe's only thoughts at this time have been regarding the devastating loss Michael's family has suffered," Rowe attorney Marta Almli said in the statement. "Ms. Rowe requests that Michael's family, and particularly the children, be spared such harmful, sensationalist speculation and that they be able to say goodbye to their loved one in peace."

Meanwhile, McMillan also dropped the bombshell that Michael apparently did not have a will.

Despite Joe's proclamation at last night's BET Awards that he and Katherine have "personal and legal authority" to act on behalf of their late son's estate, the legal implications are more complicated.

Per California state law, Michael's assets would be equally divided among his three children and likely overseen by a court-appointed conservator.
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Postby Moonlight » Jun 30, 2009 1:55 am

it's probably the best thing for the kids to stay with Katherine,
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Postby at4101 » Jul 01, 2009 6:06 am

Moonlight wrote:it's probably the best thing for the kids to stay with Katherine,


I agree, but the only troubling thing about Katherine keeping them is that she is very old herself (79 I think?). When she passes on, those kids are once again going to have to be uprooted. But you never know, maybe she will live on to be 100. I would much rather see them with her than with a mother that sold them.
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Postby Moonlight » Jul 02, 2009 10:07 am

you're right
but i suppose that if they stay with Katherine they will stay in the family and that'd be good for them.
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