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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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61.

interesting    

So Debbie Rowe is supposed to fight Michael Jackson for custody of those kids??? For those of you who have ever been through a divorce or custody battle know who ever has the most money is going to win.

1944 days ago
62.

wimica    

Of course Debbie should get to raise her children if she wants. You all know that she isnt a big part of their lives because of Michael, his money and his lifestyle. We dont know how this woman feels. Michael was indeed a unique character and my heart goes out to his family and especially his children. We must pray for them..They led a nomadic, sheltered life and I know they must have been so very close to their father...they need our prayers now.

1944 days ago
63.

South Bay    

Nellie, your an angry person who needs to get a life and stop being so judgemental! And unless you were Michael Jackson's home are in his close community of people you should keep your personal opinions to yourself. Instead of everyone speaking bad of the dead we should let this man rest in peace and pray for those three innocent children who have lost the only parent they have ever known!

1944 days ago
64.

sra    

I say, adopt the children out. If they have to go the Foster care route so be it! It will best in the long run. Michales Mother is to old to raise them, and no one else seems sane enough, give these children a chance!

1944 days ago
65.

Jeanine    

The children should not be separated. All they have is each other. Maybe they should go to one of Michael's brothers - assuming there is one who has a stable, married life. And Rowe pretty much SOLD her children to Michael - clearly her motivation has always been money. What kind of a mother would she be?

1944 days ago
66.

Meli    

Yes...It is really fair to split all of the children up like that...Think about it and the long term emotional separation and anxiety being incurred on these THREE CHILDREN...NOT JUST THE TWO of them..

1944 days ago
67.

wimica    

ok What is with "She sold her children?" Reality check bloggers....Her settlement was for dissloving her marriage, not selling her children. Do you honestly think she would have stood a hell of a chance against Michael and his legal team? If this would have been a regular situation with everyday people would a court have allowed such an essentric father to obtain custody of his children? I THINK NOT. I have no doubt in my mind that Michael was a loving, caring father. but look at where these children have been the last few years...reclus land to say the least, We dont know what kind of mother Debbie will be, let the courts decide but let's do it fairly. I would not want them raised by their grandparents...Michael has often talked about the hell he went through...I dont think his children should also.

1944 days ago
68.

Harvey Lee Roth    

IF DEBBIE DIDN'T WANT THOSE KIDS IN THE FIRST PLACE WHAT MAKES YOU THINK SHE'LL WANT THEM NOW? SHE MAY BE THEIR BIRTH MOTHER BUT SHE IS NOT A "MOMMY"

1944 days ago
69.

Elaine 27    

Debbie singned away all rights to her two kids to Michael. What is going on with her is some greedy lawyer trying to use her to go after Michael's estate.

With regards to the sexual molestation, Michael was found not guilty. I have a problem with parents who would let their kids go and sleep wtih a 40 odd year old man. Some thing is very, very fishy with that . I think because Michael did not act like the norm and with his quest to recreate the childhood that he was not able to experienced as a child and his kindness, people used this to cry molestation to go after his money. The cancer kid story did not hold up in court and his mother had a tendency of suing people. Michael was very reclusive and the media, not being able to get into his private affairs, try to damage his character with the scandals. So for those who say that he was a child molester, even though he was not found guilty, explain to me why a parent would send his/her child to sleep at Michael's house?

1944 days ago
70.

Sarah Morris    

I think it's ridiculous to even think about giving the children to Debbie Rowe. In fact in this particular situation she is nothing more than an egg donor. Giving custody of the Jackson children to Ms. Rowe is like giving custody to a random stranger on the street. Scary more than anything.

1944 days ago
71.

Harvey Lee Roth    

WAKE UP AND SMELL THE "JESUS JUICE" ELAINE 27! WHY DO YOU THINK PARENTS ALLOWED THEIR CHILDREN TO SLEEP OVER MJ'S FANTASY LAND? BECAUSE HE'S THE KING OF POP, THEY HAD BLINDERS ON! DO YOU THINK THAT THOSE SAME PARENTS WOULD ALLOW THEIR CHILDREN TO SLEEP OVER IF HE WASN'T FAMOUS AND LIVED IN A ONE BEDROOM APARTMENT?

1944 days ago
72.

Missy    

This woman has never had anything to do with these kids. They don't know her. I'm sure she got what she wanted, MONEY. The kids should remain where they are, with the only family they know, the Jackson family.

1944 days ago
73.

Angel    

macaulay culkin could also get them as well.
I don't care who gets them but all THREE children should stay TOGETHER!!
Michael loved his kids and they were VERY well taken care of so don't post crap since you don't know the facts!

1944 days ago
74.

Dottie    

SHE GAVE THOSE KIDS UP FOR THE MONEY AND SHE TAKE THEM BACK FOR THE MONEY. I THINK THIS GOING TO BE ANOTHER BIG CUSTODY CASE IN THE MAKING, EVERYONE IS GOING TO SAY THEY CARE FOR THE CHILDREN THE NLY THING ON THERE MINDS ARE THE $$$$$$

1944 days ago
75.

Sara    

what kind of mother gives up custody of her children for money? I say don't give here the kids...his mother looks like a good fit for the children

1944 days ago
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