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Debbie Rowe --

She Gets Custody if She Wants

6/26/2009 12:52 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Debbie RoweDebbie Rowe is poised to take full custody of the two children she bore for Michael Jackson.

It has been widely reported Debbie Rowe gave up her parental rights to Paris and Michael Jr. That is not true.

During the custody fight that Rowe had with Jackson in 2005, she attempted to give up her parental rights, saying Michael was the greatest father ever. Retired Judge Stephen Lachs, who presided over the hearing, initially ruled her rights were terminated ... but then Lachs reversed his decision.

Here's what happened. We spoke with Lance Spiegel, the lawyer who repped Jackson at the time. Spiegel says under the law, the Department of Children and Family Services must conduct a parental fitness investigation before parental rights are terminated and that didn't happen with Rowe.

So Rowe has never given up any of her parental rights. As a result, under California law, Rowe is now presumed to be the person who will get custody. The only way Rowe can be denied custody is if a court determines it would be "detrimental to the children."


As for whether Rowe will ask for custody .... our sources say you can bet on it. We're told if Rowe gets custody she will get "a huge amount of child support from Jackson's estate."




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Cammie    

If this surrogate mother, who was married to this child-man for two years wants custody of her biological children, then every female attorney in the State of California and America, including mothers and fathers, should put their support behind her as she is up against a questionable aspect of the black community and the MJ machine that silenced her throughout the years. Mouthpieces are out in force today saying he was a good father...there is no way a woman or man can be a solid and responsible parent when they are not "fully present or conscious" on a 24/7 basis while raising their children from birth and throughout high school. We are learning about a pharmaceutical drug and, possibly, illicit drug addiciton and these children have been raised around it while under his parenting umbrella. A music genius and drug-dependent human does not make for long-term successful parenting and, therefore, the outcome of an emotionally, mentally, and psychologically healthy child.

1891 days ago
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gogo    

Janet loves Michael`s children so maybe she will take them,I hope so,If not,should take one of Michael`s brothers,Debbie doesn`t deserve to be a mother,By know I `m not afraid of death, i hope i will meet Michael in heaven> I love You Mike,.....

1891 days ago
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LLani    

I don't understand the comments " the kids should be with their mother.' FIRST OF ALL IF SHE WAS A REAL MOTHER SHE WOULD'VE NEVER SOLD HER CHILDREN FOR PROFIT. She is just as sick as you may think MJ was. Any mother that gives their children away should NEVER be called a mother. These kids need normalcy and familiarity at a time like this....Mike and his family is all they know. They don't know their "so called mother" from a can of paint. I feel sorry for the childeren the most, becuz if she does want her the children, she will not want them out of love, but for MONEY!!!! REMEMBER THE LOVE OF MONEY IS THE ROOT OF "ALL" EVIL. AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHY SHE SOLD HER KIDS TO MIKE, BECUZ OF "MONEY"!!!!!

1891 days ago
4.

Sue Wong    

To #148 Kitty Mitty, it sounds like the evil is eating you too. Evil words from an evil person? Don't play God. You're an idiot.

1891 days ago
5.

ams1    

Michael Jackson's Prescription Drug Addiction And Weak Heart

Last Year Biographer Warned He Was Very Sick, But Reps Denied It

http://www.judiciaryreport.com/

1891 days ago
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honorthekingofpop.com    

I dont think that she should get the kids. They probably dont even know her. Whoever the kids are closest to and feel the most comfortable, thats where they should go. Make the transistion easier.

1891 days ago
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LLani    

People are calling him a molester, but HOW DO WE KNOW WHAT HAPPENED? ALL WE KNOW IS THE WHAT THE MEDIA TELLS US. AND WE ALL KNOW WHAT PEOPLE WILL DO FOR MONEY. I'm very optimistic, when it comes to the media and how they will get you to the top and once your at the top they will do ANYTHING to bring you down, just for ratings and to sell magazines. ALL in ALL we don't know what happened, but what we do know is that Michael was still someone's father, son, brother, uncle....he's human just like everyone else and at a time like this can't we just focus on his music as an artist and NOT his personal life? Everyone has an opinion, but I would like to see how you would cope if you were under a microscrope and couldn't take a shiit without it being on the front page of the New York Times. The media made MJ crazy....I wouldn't wish that much fame and success on my worst enemy. RIP MJ...AND DEBBIE DOES NOT DESERVE CUSTODY, SEEING HOW SHE SOLD HER KIDS AWAY IN THE FIRST PLACE.....A REAL MOTHER WOULD NEVER PUT A PRICE ON HER SEEDS!!!!!!!!!!!!

1891 days ago
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Renea    

"when they are not "fully present or conscious" on a 24/7 basis while raising their children from birth and throughout high school. "

For Cammie,

So are you saying that because I have to work I am not a good parent because I cannot be with my children 24/7? No one can be with their children 24/7. Does that make them a bad parent. We all make choices in life, and Debbie Rowe CHOSE tove sign away her rights for money? Should she get sole custody of her children, no. But perhaps she should have visitation as every child needs a sens of belonging. The black community has nothing to do with this. Everyon agreed that Michael Jackson was weird, but just because this woman gave birth doens't necessarily make her the better parent. No one knows how his children were being raised. So you believe that because she's white, everyone should support her? Be realisstic, She WAS a surrogate mother who said so herself that those were "his kids". If you check the laws, how many surrogate moms get custody of their children?

1891 days ago
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Irishgirl    

hope she dosent get the kids! she tried giving up parental rights ffs!

1891 days ago
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just me    

IS IT POSSIBLE THAT ALL THREE KIDS WERE MADE IN A LABORATORY PETRI DISH ? Is it possible that neither Rowe, Baby Mama No. 2 and Jackson are not the biological parents.? It is possible that Rowe and Baby Mama No. 2 were only the incubators ?

To TMZ -check for any adoption records on this.

1891 days ago
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KittyMitty    

Cammie I am with you, money is power and corrupt absolutely.
To the "Blondie" , I made a comment not to change your mind, I made my own comment as you did.
In regard to evil, you do not know me, that is a given, but we all knew Micheal, he was the one who made the choice to be famous, it was also his choice to sleep with boys etc. God did not make him. And your comment about hate, I left that years ago, it does not do anybody any good, but again I reiterate he died by his own hand, that is it plain and simple,

1891 days ago
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DELORIS TIMMONS    

LET MICHEAL REST IN PEACE.DANG HE HAD HIS OWN WAY 2 LIVE LIFE ATLEAST AND HE DID JUST THAT.CAUSE NO ONE WILL NEVER NO HOW HE REALLY FELT.DAMN HE KEPT ALL HIS HURT IN JUST TO MAKE ALOT OF US SMILE,LAUGH,DANCE,AND LOSE WEIGHT CAUSE JUST ABOUT ALL OF HIS SONGS GAVE US ENERGY.NO MATTER WHAT SOME PPL THINK HE WAS A GREAT MAN AND GOD KNOWS HIS HEART AND HOW MUCH HE COULD TAKE.SO IF SOME OF YOU HAS SOMETHING BAD TO SAY ABOUT MICHEAL,2 OF MY BEST SONGS FRM HIM"KEEP IT IN THE CLOSET"AND JUST"BEAT IT"HIS LIFE IS OVER DNT MAKE IT A "THRILLER" WHILE HE'S DEAD CAUSE HE WILL LIVE ON THROUGH HIS MUSIC.I LOVE U MICHEAL REST IN PEACE.

1891 days ago
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Cammie    

All of you people badmouthing the surrogate mother, eh? What does it make Michael Jackson who bought a woman's womb and likely another man's sperm to produce children for his own narcissistic and selfish reasons? Just more kids to hang out in a grown man's questionable and non-boundary playground? He may have been a music genius but the secrets that got swept deeply under the rug will not be held there for very long now that he is deceased. The gravy train is now dried up for most of those who surrounded him and they will need money to survive the "lifestyle" which means selling stories in time. No matter that he whitewashed his skin and changed his Afro-American features throughout the years, the genetic composition of the three children does not comprise that of his lineage...look at beautiful Mariah, Hallie, President Obama, et al. The mixed lineage combination has never produced all-white children and the likely reason for him keeping those poor children veiled until the past couple of years.

1891 days ago
14.

Kerry    

I hope Debbie gets all three children. I hope she does this right. You never know any of these peoples intentions. I just believe that the children will be better off with her then with any of the Jackson's. Fight for all three Debbie.
Where are the children now and who are they with?

1891 days ago
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Fools Rush In    

A court looking at the best interests of the children will look at the fact that the grandparents are quite old and the children would face a real problem of losing yet another "parent" in the foreseeable future. A judge will also look at the fact the family produced many children with some serious issues, including substance abuse issues, long strings of broken relationships/divorces and domestic violence.
The biological parent that is deemed fit is the first choice generally and it would not be hard for her to argue that MJ made it difficult for her to see the children and/or alienated her from them, even if he didn't per se.
Most judges would see it clearly that it's best siblings not be separated, however, having at least two not being raised in a circus is best and liberal visitation between siblings can easily be arranged to the point that daily interaction is manageable, especially with the amount of money available to the family to assist with that.
The little one will likely be with grandparents, unless a mother steps forward.

Btw, regarding whether his children appear "black", yes, they do appear to be mixed to me. Their mothers are likely very light and fair, including his ex, which further increases the likelihood a child can appear more "white" than "black."

1891 days ago
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