Since Michael Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009, his mother, Katherine Jackson, has had temporary custody of his three children, Prince 12, Paris, 11, and 7-year-old Blanket. A deal has now been reached, giving Katherine full custody of the kids.
A new deal was hashed out, giving Jackson’s 79-year-old mom custody of the three children, and Debbie Rowe, who is the biological mother of the eldest two, will retain her parental rights, but receive no extra money. She is also allowed to visit the children, but will make no future claim for custody.
Though he did not go into specifics, Katherine’s attorney Londell McMillan said on CBS’ The Early Show Thursday: “It’s an agreement, an agreement for the best interests of the children. This is not a money deal. This is not about money.”
Since the singer’s June 25 death, 79-year-old Katherine Jackson has remained in control of the three children, Prince, 12, Paris, 11, and Blanket, 7. Rowe has sent mixed signals on whether she wants to be the children’s guardian.
NBC’s Today show reports that under the new deal, Rowe, who will not receive any extra money, will retain her parental rights but has agreed not to claim custody.
NBC also reports that Prince and Paris know Rowe is their mother, and as a central part of the agreement, they will begin to have a relationship with her. A child psychologist will supervise the process, according to NBC.
Asked if the issue of custody and Rowe had been resolved, McMillan said on The Early Show, “We will be making an announcement very shortly on that issue, and all of the parties are resolved. There is no situation
better for these children than for them to be raised and reared in the
loving care of Mrs. Katherine Jackson.”
He dismissed reports that Joe Jackson shouldn’t be involved in raising the children. Said McMillan, “I don’t think it’s valid at all. I think Joe Jackson is the husband of Mrs. Jackson, but he’s not living in Los Angeles.”
Let’s hope this decision gives the Jackson children some peace, and they can begin their healing process. Luckily, they also have extended family, like auntie Janet Jackson, who will be there for them.