Who Gets MJs Kids?
Several people could be vying for custody of Michael Jackson’s three children, and while details are still emerging, one thing is for almost certain; their fate will be decided in a court of law.
TMZ reported yesterday that Michael Joseph, Jr., Paris Michael Katherine, and Prince "Blanket" Michael II all wanted to stay with their grandmother Katherine, and if the family lawyer has anything to do with it, their wishes will be granted.
The rest of the Jackson family are said to be in support of the children staying with their grandparents in the immediate future because they can help them understand who their father was, console them and teach them how to deal with the glare of the media spotlight.
The Jacksons' long time lawyer Brian Oxman told Radar Online, "Probably Mrs. Jackson will take care of them, she loves them dearly. Everyone is crying and it's very sad."
The star's manager Frank DiLeo, adds to People.com, "The kids are very upset, but they are fine."
Numerous websites reported yesterday that Debbie Rowe, who is the biological mother of Michael and Paris, may get custody even though she has had little to do with the pair since the divorce in 1999.
When the couple split, Debbie also gave up her rights to her two kids, with the superstar being handed full custody, but won the right to have those rights restored in 2003 after Jackson was arrested on child molestation charges. The terms were then re-negotiated in 2006 but have never been disclosed.
If her parental rights remain intact, Debbie could be first in line to receive custody of her two children.
There is a possibility MJ has designated someone to take care of his kids, but that won’t be known until details of his will have been released.
The emotional welfare of Michael’s three children isn’t the only concern for those who were close to him; along with a musical legacy and legions of fans, Michael leaves behind a mountain of debt reported to be $US500 million.
We’ll keep you posted.