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Katherine Jackson Gets Kids

Wave Newspapers, News Report, Staff Posted: Aug 04, 2009

A Los Angeles judge approved an agreement Monday giving custody of Michael Jacksons three children to the singers mother, Katherine.

Jacksons ex-wife, Deborah Rowe, will have visitation rights with the two children she had with the singer Prince Michael Jr., 12, and Paris Michael Katherine, 11. Jacksons third child, Prince Michael II, was born through a surrogate mother whose name has never been revealed.

Jackson died June 25 at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, about two hours after he was found unconscious and not breathing at a rented Holmby Hills estate.

Four days later, Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell L. Beckloff granted temporary custody of the children to Katherine Jackson. It was unclear at that point whether Rowe would fight for custody of her two children with the singer.

Jackson specified in a 2002 will that he wanted his mother to have custody of the children, and in the event of her death, he wanted singer Diana Ross to raise the children.

Attorneys for Rowe and Katherine Jackson announced last week that they had reached an agreement to have Katherine named permanent guardian of the children. Beckloff approved that pact Monday.
Its in the best interests of the minors, Beckloff said.

Under the agreement, Rowe will have visitation with her two children. The frequency and manner of the visits will be determined by a child psychologist selected by and paid by both parties, according to the attorneys.

No money exchanged hands as part of the agreement, according to the attorneys. Rowe will continue to receive the spousal support payments she had earlier agreed to with Jackson.

The parties and the California court brought about a result that is selfless and wise through a process that was collaborative and fair, Rowes attorney, Eric George, said outside court. Everyone sought the same objective doing what was best for the children of Debbie Rowe and Michael Jackson.

I want to applaud Debbie Rowe. Shes faced difficulties and pressures none of us know, and [this] agreement shows that she responded with heart, integrity and selflessness.

Another hearing was scheduled for Oct. 2 to review the circumstances of the children and ensure that the custody arrangement is successful.

Beckloff also agreed to provide Katherine Jackson with an allowance, paid by the singers estate, along with a separate allowance for the three children. The amount of the payments were not released, but the allowance for the children was only 83.5 percent of what attorneys had requested.

Beckloff said he questioned some of the costs and opted to reduce the amount, although he added, It is not my intention to deprive the kids of anything that theyre entitled to.

Another hearing on the allowance issue is set for Jan. 11. The allowance payments are retroactive to the date of Jacksons death.

Katherine Jackson was initially appointed temporary special administrator of her sons estate, but she later lost that role when Beckloff appointed attorney

John Branca and John McClain to oversee the estate. Both men were named in Jacksons will as executors of the estate.

Beckloff officially admitted Jacksons 2002 will into probate.

Katherine Jackson has reportedly been pushing to have greater say in the handling of her sons estate. Attorneys for Branca and McClain have said that they will keep her lawyers informed about their activities on behalf of the estate, including potential business opportunities.

Meanwhile, attorneys for concert promoter AEG which was promoting the singers planned series of concerts in London filed papers asking to be named a party to the estate hearings and be kept apprised of decisions affecting the estate.

Beckloff ordered AEG to provide Katherine Jackson with a copy of its contract with Michael Jackson. An attorney for AEG said the company did not object to sharing the contract, but wanted to do it contingent on certain confidentiality rules to protect its business practices.

Katherine Jackson was in court for the hearing, along with Michael Jacksons brother, Randy, and sisters La Toya and Rebbie.

In a surprise move during the custody hearing, an attorney for Jacksons dermatologist, Arnold Klein, appeared in court and said he wanted to have a say in the education, health care and welfare of Jacksons two older children.

Klein has been the subject of unconfirmed media reports that he could be the biological father of the two children rumors he has not commented on.

Beckloff asked Kleins attorney, Mark Vincent Kaplan, about Kleins legal standing other than an interested friend.

Kaplan then approached the bench and spoke privately with the judge and other attorneys. After the short conference, Beckloff said Klein would have to file court papers if he wanted to try to intervene in the custody case.

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