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Joe Jackson -- I Won't Be There ... Much

8/4/2009 6:54 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

We just got a declaration from Joe Jackson, filed with the court, and Joe makes it clear -- he supported Michael Jackson's decision to make his wife Katherine the guardian of Michael's 3 kids .. and Joe makes it clear he will keep his distance.

Joe says in the declaration: "I have had a close family relationship with these grandchildren since their birth. I do visit the family residence from time to time and will continue to do so, however I will not be involved in raising the children."

Joe continues, "I understand that all decision-making authority regarding the children will rest with Katherine Jackson. Katherine Jackson is a wonderful caretaker and guardian, and has done an excellent job raising our children and other grandchildren."


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76.

debv    

Why have there never been any paternaty/maternaty tests done? All these questions swirling around and they can be answered with a simple test!!

1718 days ago
77.

Bella4Skip    

Questions:
How does Joe feel about being left out the will?
Why did he really go to the BET 2009 awards?
Have any of the Jackson children reestablished a relationship with Joe?
What was Joe's first initial reaction about his son's death?
What will happen to Neverland?
What do you think of the "Michael Jackson's death is a hoax" rumors surfacing?
Why would Murray think he could get away with what he did?
How are the family reacting to the negative publicity surrounding MJ past trial cases being aired after his death?
What did MJ wear in his casket?

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1718 days ago
78.

MJ    

If something happens to Katherin, who gets custody of the kids? Diana Ross?

1718 days ago
79.

facingrealit    

Please explain the distribution of the Jackson Trust. Many believe that Katherine will get a FLAT 40% whereby most trust are set up to issue 40% of the interest gained on the principle. Which is it.

1718 days ago
80.

Adi    

What is the deal with the secret 4th child? Will we ever know?

1718 days ago
81.

Patty Cakes    

Question.. LaToya Jackson stated that $2M worth of cash and jewelry went missing from Michael Jackson's rented home when you died, what is the status of this? Are police investigating this or is this another one of her "stories"???

PS....I love your work, keep the truth and facts coming. Tired of the spin other media outlets and so called jounalist!

1718 days ago
82.

Juanita    

What a showman stepping out of the way and not interfereing, good grief what an A %^ Joe Jackson needs to realize his children was whom made him money not his "smarts"

1718 days ago
83.

tammy tyner    

How long can they go without burying his BODY. I would think it's detirioating!

1718 days ago
84.

Alibaba    

MJ sure made a mess of these children's lives.........

1718 days ago
85.

fariha hayat    

QUESTION: DIDN'T MICHAEL CONVERT TO ISLAM, HE STATED IN AN INTERVIEW HE HAD LEFT THE JAHOVAS WITNESSES, THE KIDS WERE BEING BROUGHT US AS MUSLIM

1718 days ago
86.

notbilliejean    

What harm will a 79 year old man be to these children? He's probably been in their lives more than Dr. Arnold Klein

1718 days ago
87.

leavethejacksonsalone    

Wow this family has been thru soooooooooooo much JUST LEAVE THEM ALONE..........Let them moorn in private show some sympathy

1718 days ago
88.

Melapino    

Is Omer Bhatti Michael's son?

1718 days ago
89.

Juanita    

Does Joe not live somewhere else ????? Keep Him away from those children

1718 days ago
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lieseverywhere24    

I just don't believe that this is the best deal Debbie could have made. I had hoped Debbie would go for joint custody with visitation as a starting point. At least that would have given Debbie Rowe a chance to have a say in how her children are educated and be involved in deciding who helps Kathrine to take care of them. What sort of Mother is happy to be limited to visitation under the supervision of a shrink without wanting to be involved in making the big decisons that will shape her children's character. Sure, Debbie cannot just start going round there because the children don't know her but why not excercise parental responsiblility by having a say in the education, religious choices and day to day care of the children.

Either Debbie Rowe's choices are limited because the Jacksons have made it clear that they are not willing to share the children and will do whatever is necessary to keep Debbie out or Debbie does not want the responsiblility of parenting her own children. The Judge should have imposed some of these responsibilities on Debbie Rowe as a condition for keeping her parental rights. Then maybe, the truth about who is controlling who and who doesn't want to do what would have become clearer. As things stand, the culture of secrets and lies will continue because of the confidentiality agreement that Debbie had with MJ. I am still shocked that the Judge did not require specifics regarding the care of the children considering Kathrine's age.

It is all very sad but I am letting this one go because only time will tell, whether the agreed arrangement is the best one for the children.

1718 days ago
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