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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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76.

Becky    

I would much rather see Debbie Rowe get the kids instead of Michael's parents. Michael's father Joe would most likely turn the whole thing into a circus again, forcing them to all sing and dance under the crack of his belt. I hope the kids have an opportunity to have a somewhat normal life, but I doubt that will be possible.

1842 days ago
77.

Bart    

Oh please people!!! The man was a freak of his own doing, For Christ sakes; his damn nose kept falling off. He was a drug addict that weighted 110 lbs and a freak that could sing and dance his little skinny ass around a stage. He was ok to listen to him as long as you didn’t have to look at him cause he was a freak, looked like a damn alien. Maybe he was an alien that was kicked off his planet for being a freak!!!!!!!.

1842 days ago
78.

Sharona    

Is there ANY person in either family fit to care for these kids?? I can't think of one! My God, they have lived in a freak show their whole lives! The creepy Hallowenn masks in public, not to mention the burkas! I could care less about MJ, but my hearts hurts for the kids.

1842 days ago
79.

mikefanforever    

This bi&%$ is crazy she has been MIA for year, the kids don't even know her and she wants custody just to get Child Support, someone please kicked thos hoe's ass

1842 days ago
80.

eddie m    

What ever happens dont let the Catholic Church get them you know there reputations with kids are

1842 days ago
81.

Elaine 27    

258. what a shame so many views, and most of them coming out of the end or your %^&*. because he lost his dark skin color i would think he didnt want his kids to look different them him. how would you feel if you had his disease and was almost white and you had children who were dark. most of it is in his mind but as a black man myself i wouldnt want my kids to feel out of place with my skin color. i see and understand his reason for, chooseing a white lady to bare his kids. so he can get a lighter version of himself.

Posted at 4:20PM on Jun 26th 2009 by toinetoine

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Oh please! Look at most of the high profile black performers and athletes and even some executives? most fo them marry white women. Tiger Woods marry a white nanny. OJ marry a white bartender. I think some of these guys have an issue with being black and the need for acceptance as a black man by the caucasion/white people. I love Michael music, I do not have anything personally against him, but if he can alter his face to look less negroid, it is not a stretch of the imagination that he can get a doctor to change his pigmentation and then run with the story that he had vitiligo. I love his older music, when he was a kid with his afro. I think he is a legend and he will live on through his music.

1842 days ago
82.

DJDCbus    

I hope she doesn't get those kids. They have already grew up in a certain kind of way-some may think it's horrible, some may not-but taking those kids out of what they consider normal would be detrimental. Everything they have grown to know would be gone. They should live with their grandparents! Rowe is just going to want money!!

1842 days ago
83.

Elaine 27    

297. 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?

Posted at 5:47PM on Jun 26th 2009 by Harvey Lee Roth

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Your statement confirmed my point. Michael the king of pop had money, he was an easy target. The parents had blinders on because the only thing that they saw was a law suit with millions of dollars. People are evil and they will set up their kids to do evil. The mother with the cancer kid had a tendency of suing people. They conned Michael. Coupled with the fact that Michael acted strange, they set him up with the molestation story, knowing that the media would believe them- a black man molesting a white kid. Their story never held up in court. Any parent send their kid over to sleep with someone becaude he is the KING OF POP, deserved to be Jailed and the kid taken away and put in protective custody, becasue that parent is not fit.

1842 days ago
84.

LadyWithaHarley    

In the best interest of the children. Not in the best interest of a money hungry peice of trash. That would be the only reason she would want custody of those kids and to be in the media. Besides, how much does she really know about Michael to pass on to those kids. They have a right to know all about their father. I think Janet should get custody. HEY JANET, GO FOR CUSTODY!!!! Besides, the kids are old enough to be asked where they want to live. For now, Michaels mother has the children. That doctor, hmmmmmmmm, just might be going to jail. Why go in hiding if he didn't do any thing wrong? Why have the car he was drivig towed off Michaels property? Something isn't right there. I hope they find him and jail him.
Michael is/was king of pop! He was awesome! I feel truly thankful to have grown up in his era. I loved all his music! His perfomance was truly amazing. You could tell when he spoke he was a gentle, loving soul.

1842 days ago
85.

bestfriends?    

i 100% DO NOT think this woman should get custody..REGARDLESS of the "blood mother" title we have to rember this woman was PAID to do this! They interviewed her recentley and she talked as if it were NOTHING. Im sorry but i could not live with knowing that I was paid to give legal rights to somebody. She stated them as "his kids" over and over! Not to mention these kids dnt even KNOW HER..imagine having to all of a sudden have to live with a woman who basically gave you to somebody?? She ABSOLUTLEY should not get these children!

1842 days ago
86.

bestfriends?    

WHY is everybody saying these kids will have a chance to be NORMAL if they go to her?..you think getting artificially pregnanted by your EX HUSBAND, and getting paid for it while your living a completly different life without being there AT ALL is concidered NORMAL???...You people are NUTS!

1842 days ago
87.

Audrey    

I would like the mother to take custody, if she takes the youngest one too.

1842 days ago
88.

MLHH    

I work for the Family and children's services in GA as a legal liason, and any parent can SURRENDER their rights in any state. Someone's rights can not TERMINATED is true, becuase they have to proven as unfit. But any person can surrender their rights to a child if they chose to. The problem must have been the judge granted a termination of parental rights in court and had to reverse it because of the state law. There are several forms in which a parent can sign to surrender their rights with there lawyers present which would not require the parent the be present in front of a judge. It is unlawful for a judge to TPR on a parent without them being deamed as unfit by failing to complete a case plan or neglecting or abusing a child. It sounds like MJ and Ms. Rowe did not know which legal measures to take to perform reliquish Ms. Rowe's rights and tried to go before a judge and have her rights terminated and the judge did not know he wasn't able to make that decision then had to reverse it. She probably surrendered her rights or the judge granted permanent legal guardianship and sole custody to MJ since Ms. Rowe agreed to allow MJ to care for the children.

1842 days ago
89.

Karen    

And who is the biological father of these kids? Not Michael Jackson, that's for sure.

1842 days ago
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LadyWithaHarley    

Sorry don't know what happened or how I got that link but it wasn't it.

1842 days ago
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