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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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121.

Concerned Parent    

I certainly hope that where ever the children are placed it will be in their best interest. Seems like the only thing Debbie Rowe is interested in is money. The kids need to be with someone that will love them and put them first.

1882 days ago
122.

territerri    

In general, children can best benefit being raised by the mother or father, but in this case Ms. Rowe has had no real interaction with these children and should refrain from creating added stress, heartache and trauma for these young children. Seperating them from the world and people they know would be devastating for Prince I and Paris as well as Prince II who would be seperated from his siblings. Katherine Jackson is the loving and doting Grandmother that can best help all 3 of Michael's children recover from this awful and painful chapter of their young and already confusing lives...

1882 days ago
123.

Crystal    

You people that like to stereo type the Jackson, are very ignorant.There going through a hard time right now grieving and you idiots think you know everything. The kids loves there family, so give them a break. There the only family they know and feel comfortable with.

1882 days ago
124.

healtheworld    

...LET'S NOT FORGET..........JANET GAVE HER BABY AWAY FOR A CAREER...........SO, WHAT MAKES HER BETTER THEN DEBBIE???

1882 days ago
125.

Crystal    

Well its to late for her to be a mom. I think she should get to know them but not have custody. The kids would be happier to be with the jacksons, that is the only family they know.

1882 days ago
126.

healtheworld    

LANA 9:59, DO YOU REALIZE HOW IGNORANT YOU SOUND??? THAT'S LIKE SAYING IF YOUR IN AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP YOU MAY AS WELL LIE DOWN AND TAKE IT, THAT'S ALL YOU DESERVE, YOU HAVE NO CHOICES.....IT'S A GOOD THING WE LIVE IN AMERICA, AND IN THE 20TH CENTURY......YOU'D BE A GOOD CANDIDATE FOR AN ABUSIVE RELATIONSHIP!!! GOOD LUCK!!!

1882 days ago
127.

Crystal    

Debbie had her chance, she should of did something long time ago

1882 days ago
128.

bennie l johnson    

first of all debbie rowe want them kids cause of the money and it ain't cause she loves them. I think she a gold digger out fo money any way shecan get it. And I think them kids should stay or go into the rights hands and this is coming fro a mother of 5 kids.

1882 days ago
129.

Fools Rush In    

Never ceases to amaze me that people believe they can decide on these kind of issues without really knowing the full facts. Like ANY of us here are going to know the facts of it all? Please.
There are some obvious things, such as the kids will have to make adjustments no matter who raises them and that there are pros and cons on each side of it. It's not even an all or nothing kind of thing either. There is nothing to say that the older two wouldn't truly benefit from their mother coming in to their life, hopefully able to fill in some of the huge gap losing their father has left.
Just please don't assume that you know how the Jackson family is with these children and how their relationship with them influences them and vice versa with their mother. It's ignorant to say any of us know based on what we read here and elsewhere. It's up to the family to work out in conjunction with authorities, not a vote amongst the people.

1882 days ago
130.

bennie l johnson    

I am thebiggest fan of michael since he was a little boy and I been following him evey since I can remember. I hate it when somebody say anything about him.He is my idol and so is his family they is my idol also.

1882 days ago
131.

healtheworld    

Sarah 10:16, take your comments to Oprah, THIS IS TMZ, ONLY THE FACTS!!!!

1882 days ago
132.

judy    

. She did not give up total custody. She was supposed to get some visitation, but the kids were kept away by traveling all over the world. She did get some money at the divorce (They were married 3 yrs....Look at paul mc cartney, he had to pay 50 million for the same amount of time) and was due to get annual payments and a house. He even stopped paying her her share of income during the marriage. She was going to take him to court about the visitation and the money but he didn't want the information made public along with his behavior during the marriage.He caught up on some of the money and said he'd allow the visitation after his trial was over. Instead he took off for Bahrain.So she isn't as much of a person who cares only about money.

1882 days ago
133.

fbjsr    

Yes definantly give the kids to Katherine and Joe, they did such a great job the first time rasing normal healthy kids. I bet joe is already trying to make a recording deal for them. Haven't you people who think the mom should not get them listen to anything the jackson kids themself said about Joe. Any doctor will tell you Michael displayed obviouse systoms of being menataly if not phisicaly abused.

1882 days ago
134.

Maritza R    

I think the children should not go to neither one--nor Debbie Rowe (who has never been with the children, she obviously does not care for them or she would not have given up her parental rights for money, and the children do not know her). And I also don't think they should go to the Jackson's (especially his abusing father and mother) because Michael's upbringing was full of pain, beatings, and pushed to work hard at the age of 5, why should we give these three beautiful children to these distorted Jackson's. Michael wanted them to go to their Nanny and that's who they should go to!!! To someone how they know and feel comfortable with. These kids already lost their loving father--why make them suffer any longer with dysfuntional people like Debbie Rowe and the Jacksons. We miss you Michael. You were a great Dad!!! And you never molested any child, and you would not ever molest your kids either. People need to STOP talking B.S.

1882 days ago
135.

fbjsr    

"I am black. I have two very white children" CS; although they didn't word it properly what they were trying to say is that mixed race children you can usualy see both races. His kids look swedish. Even if he was not the biolgical dad he was the legal dad and raised them. I think he loved the kids and did a good job with them. But the things that Joe did raising his kids would now get him arrested. The kids need to go to the mother. She has never done one thing that warrents her not getting the kids. The people who are trashing her please list one thing she did that would prove her unfit as a mother.

1882 days ago
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