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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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cj    

leave these poor kids alone!!! its not worth it just to seel your papers and get more clicks on your web-site!!!!

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1915 days ago
17.

STAR34    

I HOPE MICHEAL'S MOTHER GETS THOSE KIDS AFTER ALL SHE IS VERY CLOSE TO THE KIDS. DEBBIE ROWE HAS NOT BEEN A MOTHER TO THE CHILDREN. SHE SHOULD NOT HAVE THAT LEGAL RIGHT FOR CUSTODY. ALSO, WHAT ABOUT BLANKET? THE YOUNGEST ONE? WHAT WILL HAPPEN TO HIM? THE CHILDREN SHOULD STAY TOGETHER NOY BE SEPARATED. THE CHILDREN ARE GOING THROUGH ENOUGH RIGHT NOW WITH THE LOSS OF THEIR LOVING FATHER. REGARDLESS OF THE MASKS THE KIDS WORE , WHICH WAS FOR THEIR PROTECTION FROM THE MEDIA. I REALLY FEEL FOR THOSE KIDS. LIKE I SAID MICHEAL'S MOTHER SHOULD GET THOSE KIDS.

1915 days ago
18.

maria bernal weaving    

no, i dont think she should, dont think she will be able to cope with media and protect them from the lime life, they need to be well protected and with someone who has more experience

1915 days ago
19.

mom    

she should not get the kids she sold them for money the frist time ,they should go to his family or lisa marie

1915 days ago
20.

Sasha    

For the question many have, this says Debbie stated artificial insemination and the semen was donated. No shock there. Duh! He had identity issues to many. True, biracial kids can favor one parent more (Halle, Obama favor one race more), but in this case, his biology isn't there, his love for his kids is!

Despite the donor sperm, the 3 are HIS. Adopted, donated semen, whatever - they are his, just not biologically. Blanket's mom is a European woman. I could care less who the mom' are, I just hope they keep the 3 together.

http://www.popeater.com/music/article/michael-jackson-children-custody/545142?icid=webmail|wbml-aol|dl3|link4|http%3A%2F%2Fwww.popeater.com%2Fmusic%2Farticle%2Fmichael-jackson-children-custody%2F545142

1915 days ago
21.

Linda    

Are you kidding me. This is a woman who "sold" her rights to be in her childrens' lives not once but twice. She is a pitiful excuse for a mother - and now because Michael is dead and she can receive a ton of money for child support she now wants custody of her children. Give me a break. HIs family will take the children and with the best attorney's money can buy she will never get these children.

1915 days ago
22.

Harvey is a Jew    

Give the Kids an option. they can either live with Debbie or Michael's siblings. They need to stay where they are the most comfortable.

1915 days ago
23.

saam1790    

she sold them to him twice....

1915 days ago
24.

Elaine 27    

I love Michael music, but those lilly white kids are not Michael Jackson's biolgical children. I guess that Michael wanted to look so white that he altered his features to look white, even accepting to parent those snow white kids as if they were his biological kids. Debbie Rowe, can come and take her kids because she knows that the spirm was not Michael Jackson's. Michael Jackson's family needs to perform a DNA test on all these kids to make sure that the children are actually Michael Jackson's. I want to see if Debbie Rowe is going to go after Michael Jackson's estate- I doubt that there is money left in his estate. Not even Hally Berry who is half white, kid looks pure white like Michael Jackson's kid. MICHAEL WAS CONNED BIG TIME WITH THOSE SNOW WHITE KIDS, THEY ARE NOT HIS BIOLOGICALLY.

1915 days ago
25.

freeaprilgriffin    

Michael wasn't a rapist, the parents who sent their kids to him, what do you call them? This county is built on rapist, vent about that, George Washington -rapist, murder, Michael Jackson symbolizes the strength of a real brother-look how his presence alone affects the world-are you haters mad because you WISH you had that type of effect-ELVIS PRESLEY WAS A RAPIST- he had sex with a minor -who lived with him, whats her name-and HIS daughter married Michael, Michael was b%$tch slapping 'you' and others like 'you' he was mocking yall- Debbie Rowe, he did not touch that woman, she was artificially inseminated- and if Micheal's family lawyer is smart, if that woman comes after the kids, DNA- test-NOT the daddy- they would not be entitled to a damn thang.....

1915 days ago
26.

Cammie    

Fact: A pharmaceutical- or drug-addicted parent does not have the complete emotional or psychological skills or wherewithall for being a solid parent to children and the older children should have been removed from Michael Jackson's custody back in 2005.

Anyone on drugs...get off of them through psychotherapy, detoxification, and long-term addiction counseling.

1915 days ago
27.

NotAmused    

It will be up to the courts and the department of child protective services (or whichever liasion, the court deems fit, to decide), as to who gets custody of the children...NOT a bunch of people sitting behind a computer screen.

1915 days ago
28.

deez s    

wow its sad they will prob be seperated from blanket wow what a tragedy over and over the children should be kept all together no matter who gets them

1915 days ago
29.

just me    

My thought was that the ovarian eggs were purchased or donated too, therefore leaving Rowe and Baby Mama 2 with no biological connections to these kids.

The adoption records need to be checked and rechecked to make sure of legal guardianship.

Otherwise there is a chance that Mr Sperm and Ms. Egg Donor will rear their heads, and claim their golden tickets.

Let's remember this is Hollywood and some stars think they are above the laws.

1915 days ago
30.

curly    

I would much rather see those kids with Debbie than the Jackson Family (with the exception of Janet) She seems more "with it" and who would want to subject Michaels kids to whatever hell Joe Jackson put his own kids through while growing up!

1915 days ago
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