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Jackson Never Adopted Kids

6/30/2009 12:47 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Michael JacksonWe've learned Michael Jackson never adopted his three children, even though he's not the biological father.

We broke the story that neither Jackson nor Debbie Rowe are the biological parents of Michael Jr. and Paris. And Michael was not the biological parent of Prince Michael II either.

Now here's the rub. We've learned Jackson never filed legal papers to adopt any of his children. Legal experts tell us Jackson would be presumed the father but it's not conclusive by any means.

As for why Jackson didn't formally adopt -- we're told at the time the kids were born there was no third party whom he believed would try and claim custody. For some reason, Jackson never thought Debbie Rowe would mount a custody challenge.



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16.

leigh    

here we go another anna nicole whos the baby's dadddy and baby's momma battle begins. lol

1906 days ago
17.

Diane    

If he went through IVF, he doesn't have to adopt the kids, even if they are using donor sperm and eggs. The "husband and wife" (which they were at the time) are legally the parents. Donors have no claims to children conceived from their sperm or eggs. Generally, surrogates don't either (unless the surrogate provided her eggs). However, since Rowe was the wife during the proess, she still could be considered the "mother" of the two children.

1906 days ago
18.

aquanet    

This guy spent millions on lawyers, handlers, aids etc. Did ANYONE advise him to do ANYTHING in his own best interest?

What a mess. He made a lot of people rich and his life, personal professional, finacial and legal is a total screw up.

1906 days ago
19.

two cents    

Why?! With all those lawyers surrounding MJ, why was this stuff never taken care of? Jesus, what a mess!!

If he were alive, I'd slap the slop right out of him for being so damn stupid. Ugh!

1906 days ago
20.

renheff    

Good God, did he EVER make a good decision in his personal life?!

1906 days ago
21.

shakes head    

This just gets better and better...

1906 days ago
22.

Pongo    

Your last post stated that Rowe was not the biological mother of the kids. If that's true, than Jackson did not have to fear a legal challenge to custody. Surrogacy does not imply custodial rights. This is all speculation right now anyway and your posts are started to contradict each other.

1906 days ago
23.

gracella    

Where was child welfare officials to check up on these facts??? That's why he hid the faces of his kids--they wern't his!! And now they could be cut out of his fortune!! It's like he stole these kids out of Debbie Rowe's belly!! She id the closest to a parent those kids have. IT'S LIKE HE JUST WANTED TO ADD WHITE KIDS TO HIS ZOO.

1906 days ago
24.

say what?    

THIS IS VERY SAD IF IT'S TRUE. REGARDLESS THE KIDS ARE MICHAELS. HE'S RAISED THEM. I HOPE HE KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING AND THAT THINGS WORK OUT IN THE BEST INTERESTS OF THE CHILDREN.
I'LL BE PRAYING FOR THEM.
RIP MICHAEL

1906 days ago
25.

show me the $$    

In the State of CA, if the wife has a child, the husband is the legal father after a certain amount of time (I think 2 years) regardless of whether he is the biological father. I've heard that several times over the last few days. Maybe that's why there were only married a couple of years.

1906 days ago
26.

STASSY    

Um, he didn't think she would seek custody because they had an agreement and she was monitarily compensated. He paid her to leave and stay gone.

1906 days ago
27.

latrice    

The children do belong to someone the Jackson family.. The children are the last part of Michael Jackson so his family will take care of them...

1906 days ago
28.

breaking rocks    

Any actions MJ thought was a good idea at the time -- have come back at him in the worst way - Let the man be-

Was MJ a weird eccentric who sometimes made bad choices, absolutely, but he was also kind and compassionate man who WILL NEVER BE FORGOTTEN, and I am forever grateful for the music he left behind.

REST IN PEACE MICHAEL JACKSON ~~
YOU WILL ALWAYS BE LOVED

1906 days ago
29.

JMW    


What is going on here? Why is this information all so important now because Michael is dead? What are the sources? TMZ is wording their statements just right to avoid getting in trouble. Just because they "learn" something, doesn't mean it's confirmed or true. This is all ridiculous. The story is actually starting to get boring. Same news - different headline.

1906 days ago
30.

Michelle    

How could someone so messed up be such a "genius"? It is such a sad depiction of american culture. We must be the laughing stock of the world........

1906 days ago
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