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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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106.

virgo 3    

LIKE I SAID IF YOU NEVER HAD SEX IN YOUR MARRIAGE THEN THERE IS NO MARRIGE. DEBBIE GET NONE OF HIS ESTATE AND JANET JACKSON WHO'S CAN SUPPORT THOSE CHILDREN SHOULD GET CUSTODY RIGHT AWAY. WE KNOW SHE IS NOT AFTER HIS MONEY AND SHE TRULY LOVES HER NIECES AND NEPHEWS. LOVE MICHAEL INFINITY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1909 days ago
107.

healtheworld    

Give the kids to the Osmonds!!! They'll fit right in with a big "white" family!!! Sweet revenge for Michael against the Jackson family!!!!

1909 days ago
108.

polly purebred    

Why did she have no contact with her children? Did she want it that way, or did he? I think she "would have stood" an excellent chance against Michael Jackson. OMG, he was a brilliant entertainer, but a messed up human being. She might not have been rich, but she's "normal". Frankly, I think these kids could use some normal, and there isn't one member of that family who is. I wouldn't want any of them raising my children.

Apparently, neither did Michael. He always said he wanted them with their nanny if anything happened to him. He was a musical genius, lets see if once he became a "parent" he even bothered with a will.

As for his estate - I have a feeling there really isn't one.

1909 days ago
109.

healtheworld    

MARIE OSMOND ALREADY HAS ALOT OF MONEY!!! AND SHE'S ADOPTED OTHER CHILDREN AS WELL!!! SHE WOULDN'T BE IN IT FOR THE MONEY, AND THE KIDS WOULD JUST BE BETTER OFF :)

1909 days ago
110.

lawclerk    

If she REALLY cared about Mike's kids she would have been IN their lives from the beginning...who would leave their kids if they were not REALLY in it for the money??? A GOLD DIGGER!!! that's who. Those kids are going to threw enough without having to be placed with a women they DON'T know! They need to stay with their brother and grandmother who've they have grown up with. RIP Mike!! Your family will make sure your kids are well taken care of!! Love only one of your BIGGEST fans!!!!

1909 days ago
111.

Linny    

I believe that Janet Jackson should get custody of all three children, because Janet would be the best, most capable and loving parent. Janet wouldn't take the children to profit from them either and they need to be protected from exploitation. Janet seems to be the most well adjusted Jackson. Blanet should not be separated from his siblings. Debbie Rowe is merely the bio-mom who is an opportunist who has had nothing to do with those children.

1909 days ago
112.

armjoint1    

I hope Debbie does get custody. If the Jacksons get custody they'll probably abuse the kids just like they did Michael (Michael himself stated he was abused in an interview, stated they were forced to work long hours and got beaten by the cowardly father when they were young).

1909 days ago
113.

Mary    

Considering how messed up the Jackson adults are, the kids would be better away from the Jackson family.

1909 days ago
114.

Crystal    

I don't think she should get custody because it would be to traumatic for the children but I believe they should get to know there Mother. That is the sensible thing to do.

1909 days ago
115.

Jason    

Joe Jackson is still the Patriarch, and we all know he will whip and beat those kids to superstardom if he has his way... Let debbie raise all three and let them find out what a normal life is

1909 days ago
116.

irisheyes    

Just being with Michael all these years has probably already messed up these poor kids. Who makes their kids go out in public anywhere and where mask all the time. An adult kid having custody of little kids, it's all sad. Hopefully Rowe won't get the kids.....that woman is no mother. She sold those kids off long ago and has already said she has no interest in them. I heard someone say "She's the mother...period"....I say that's "BULL" period. Michael's family is possibly less screwed up than him and I'm sure his mother is an anger, however, his mother is still attached to his father and his father is part of the reason his was a little boy with problems until yesterday when he tragically died. It's a shame that these poor children had to be born into any of this bizzare crap these people call life. All involved, including Michael, put these children through all these crazy weird crap and call it love. Michael was a great entertainer, but very tormented and strange.

1909 days ago
117.

pua    

Right, and as per your photo, making your kids wear masks and surgical gowns to hide them is great reinforcement for their well being???? That's some great parenting right there. She could do nothing and be better for them. You guys seem to want to gloss over all of MR. Jacksons predilictions and make him a cannonized saint.....THe Jacksons only want what is left of Michaels financial carcass.

1909 days ago
118.

healtheworld    

LOOKS LIKE A GOOD FIT??? YOU DON'T KNOW THE FAMILY HISTORY THEN, SISTA!!!! GIVE HER YOUR KIDS, THEN WE'LL SEE WHAT A GOOD FIT SHE IS!!!
ANYONE IS BETTER THAN THE JACKSON'S!!!!!! HOW ABOUT BILL GATES? HE WON'T BE IN IT FOR THE MONEY....HE'S THE CHILDRENS COLOR..........HE'S BIG ON EDUCATION.........OR BRADGALINA??? THEY ALSO FIT THE PROFILE......

1909 days ago
119.

Mon    

Michael's kids CAN come out looking like that. I know that for a fact. My little brother is black and white and he looks JUST like Michael's 12 year old son. Same hair, same eye color. And anyway Debbie Rowe did not have those kids because she wanted them. If she did then she would not have let any amount of money keep her from raising them. Those kids should not be separated. They should stay with the family they know... the Jackson's.

1909 days ago
120.

You Can Do Better    

Yes, she should get them. She tried to be a part of their lives before, but what chance did she have against him and his money? At least if she has them, they have a good chance of a more normal life. I can't imagine any normalcy if they were given to any of his family. And take the damn masks off them and let them be people for Gods sake!

1909 days ago
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