The question of who will get Michael Jackson’s kids has been quickly, if only temporarily, resolved. The children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket, have been being looked after by Michael Jackson’s parents, Katherine and Joseph Jackson and Katherine had made a request to the courts that she be granted custody. The courts granted her wish yesterday by giving her temporary custody until the next hearing, which will be held on August 3.
What this mostly means is that the children will not be going to Debbie Rowe, who is the biological mother of Prince and Paris. Even though Debbie accepted a massive payout 10 years ago to give up all maternal rights, she had still expressed interest in taking the children to live with her now. I had originally thought that Debbie may be the best choice simply because Katherine is an elderly woman and may not be able to care for small children, even in just a couple of years. But, I stand corrected. The woman has obviously proven that she can take care of the kids and of course, no one wants to make them any more unsettled than they already are. From US,
“Katherine Jackson was granted temporary guardianship of Michael Jackson’s three children today in Los Angeles Superior Court, Usmagazine.com has confirmed.
A hearing is set for Aug. 3 to determine if she’ll become their permanent guardian.
Judge Mitchell Beckloff rejected Katherine’s request to serve as the temporary guardian of the children’s estate.
TMZ.com first reported the news Monday.
Katherine Jackson filed a petition Monday asking the court to appoint her as guardian of Jackson’s three children. The petition states the kids have “no relationship with their biological mother,” Debbie Rowe, according to the site.
Michael has two children with ex Rowe –Prince, 12, and Paris, 11. His third child, Prince Michael II, 7, was born to a surrogate (the mother’s identity was never revealed). The court filings Monday list her whereabouts as “unknown.”
Us confirmed last week that the children have been staying with Katherine at the family’s Encino, Calif., estate since their father’s June 25 death.
On Monday’s Today show, the Jacksons’ attorney Londell McMillan said there isn’t “anybody who thinks that there is someone better” than Katherine Jackson to have custody.
Said McMillan, “She is a very loving host of other grandchildren.”
Over the weekend, Katherine was spotted at a Los Angeles Target stocking up on toys, sleeping bags and other supplies.
McMillan added that the family hasn’t heard from Rowe, who gave up her custody rights to the children after she and Jackson divorced in 1999.
In a statement over the weekend, Rowe’s attorney, Marta Almli, said: “Ms. Rowe’s only thoughts at this time have been regarding the devastating loss Michael’s family has suffered. 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.”
So from the sounds of it, Debbie Rowe may have never even wanted custody rights. I mean, if they can’t even find her, it’s going to be kind of hard to let the kids go live with her. And from her statement, it doesn’t sound as though she’s going after the kids. She doesn’t even mention anything like they should be with their biological parent. I would assume that the next hearing would be to make this decision permanent and that the month’s wait is really just an unofficial waiting period. What I’m most surprised about in all of this is that these kinds of proceedings are even necessary. Did Michael not leave a will? And did he not within that will state where he wants his children to go? I find it hard to believe that someone with so many assets, and so many details that would be left up in the air should he pass, wouldn’t have a will that would specifically state where the children are to go. These are questions that leave me puzzled.