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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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Diana    

I am really shocked so many people support her getting the kids...she was willing to give up her parental rights! And she has not been an active part of their lives either. "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." EXACTLY....it is not about wanting the best for the kids, but the fortune they could bring with them!! I am thinking there was news of him having paid her off to basically give him the kids years ago when she was willing to terminate her parental rights.

Our country is so full of it....we claim to care about our nation's kids, but we do nothing right for them. Our schools stink, child services are a huge joke and the court system never puts the kids first. It should NEVER be about some adult having legal rights, but ALWAYS what is going to be best for ALL children involved. These kids just lost dad, they do not need to lose each other and everything else that has been stable and constant in their lives as well. Too often a parent will take the kids after a death for money or to get even with other family members.....we need to forget legal rights and start doing what is right and best for our children! They are after all the future of this country!

1759 days ago
137.

ELA    

J fleck how stupid can you be, they have been with there father there whole life and now they have to be with a stranger. Its funny how ppl can judge others when there not in the same position as them you watch what you say despite what you may think that was there only true parent and they loved him as he loved them. If she does want custody its only because of the money, she didn't even care enough to be there for her children. So I hope they end up with there true family

1759 days ago
138.

Crystal    

I agree with you Diana, at lease someone else here is sensible.

1759 days ago
139.

michaelfan    

Are you crazy??? Flip through those photos posted on this website. They all have Michael's eyes!! Black or white I thinkit is undeniable!!!

1759 days ago
140.

jamie    

I believe Debbie Rowe should not get the kids. All 3 kids should stay together and they were with the Jackson families more the Debbie Rowe. The woman tooked the money instead of her children. So I hope the Lawyers,Judges will really do what is right and not turn this into the worst mess for the KID'S. Cause if Debbie get her 2 then what about the other one? That really will take the child down. Feel so sorry for the Kid's. I hope they asked the KID'S what they want they have a mind and a heart.Know everything. jamie

1759 days ago
141.

Susan    

This would be the best thing for the two oldest children. The more we see of them, the more obvious it is that Jackson was not the biological father. He probably used caucasian sperm to inseminate Rowe.

1759 days ago
142.

MajorPete    

Hown the hell did jackson ever get custody of those kids in the first place? WOW! Talk about parental fitness! How much more screwed up could Jackson have been to be unfit as a parent? It was all about MONEY! Now the mother should get her kids and all the money they need to have a good life. I doubt if she will make them wear masks or dangle them over a balcony.

1759 days ago
143.

Honesty    

There is absolutely no one that can say they did not like or enjoyed MIchael Jackson's music, not the person but the Artist.
Those envious and sad people can bitch all they want about his conduct, masks, surgeries etc. but what a pity becasue there lifes are so depressing and unsignificant that this is the only way to make themselves feel a little better. When it comes down to it there will NEVER EVER be another Michael Jackson. He is and will always be a genius and an icon that we all had the pleasure to love !! He was capable of making us believe that a 140 lbs man was "BAD"!!! We believed it.. if he said it or sang it we believed it! He was one of those people that come around once in a lifetime and if you were around to enjoy his music and his being than you should consider yourself one of the lucky ones because the future generations will not have that beautiful opportunity that we had to have seen him in life.. May you rest in peace my Beautiful and Amizing genius and God bless your family and children. Heaven has now another angel...

1759 days ago
144.

truth hurts    

Sure, give them to her, at least they will have a semblance of a normal life...

Giving them to Michaels family, i.e. mother or siblings, would mean that by the time they are 18 they would have NOTHING.... they would plunder these kids inheritance.... just like the parents did before to Michael....

1759 days ago
145.

MajorPete    

Unbelievable how much attention this wierdo is getting. How soon people forget all of his bizzare and totally screwed up behavior and obsession with trying to be white. Oh and the llittle issue of his pedofile activities. This guy died about 15 years ago. The Michael Jackson we all knew and liked back then wasn't even remotely similar to the guy who just died from an overdose. Oh yeah he was the more fit parent? Give me a ffriggin break! A pedofile; drug addict; bizzare and scarry clown face; selpt with chimps; made the kids wear masks; dangled an infant over a balcony.....Oh yeah--he was the more fit parent! Yeah right! How about a little attention to Farah Faucett and Ed McMahon's passing? Enough of this freak already!

1759 days ago
146.

Honesty    

Rosa112 you are a smart person and I am with you!! as for sorry ass desert fox your life must be so pitiful to be filled with soo much hatred.. go seek spiritual help. I bet you won't say that on Hollywood boulevard or in front of the Apollo! huh ???

1759 days ago
147.

Tricia    

I think the children should stay with their family. They should go to one of Michael brothers or siters. They should not be split up. If Debbie Rowe takes the children she has no heart.

1759 days ago
148.

lauralee    

No matter what every kid needs their biological parent. If it is possible and the right thing to do.

1759 days ago
149.

TASHA    

I THINK THAT THE KIDS SHOULD STAY TOGETHER BECAUSE IF THAT WOMAN WANT THEM KIDS SHE COUILD HAVE BEEN WENT BACK TO COURT TO TRY AND GET THEM I THINK SHE JUST WANT THE MONEY THE KIDS SHOULD STAY WITH THE JACKSON FAMILY BEDCAUSE THAT ALL THEY KNOW AND IF SHE GET THE FRIST TWO WHAT GONE TO HAPPEN WITH THE LAST KID THEY ALL GROW UP TOGETHER AND I THINK MIKE WELL WANT HIS KIDS TO STAY TOGETHER.

1759 days ago
150.

Caroline    

Has any of these three kids DNA been tested against Micheal Jackson? None of them look like him. Does anyone know?

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