Our TV Shows

Got a Tip?

Call TMZ at (888) 847-9869 or Click Here

Katherine Jackson

I'll SHARE Guardianship with TJ

7/27/2012 9:20 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Katherine Jackson says she's had a change of heart ... and is now ready to SPLIT guardianship of MJ's 3 children with her grandson TJ.

Katherine's attorney, Perry Sanders, tells TMZ ... TJ and Katherine  will file a request for JOINT GUARDIANSHIP with the court early next week ... and they expect it will be approved.

Perry tells us, "That pleading will essentially now legally reflect how Mrs. Jackson and TJ have often shared  responsibilities of raising the children since Michael Jackson's tragic passing."

Katherine's lawyer says the new arrangement "reflected the wishes of [Michael Jackson's] children" ... Paris, Prince and Blanket.

If the court grants the joint request, Katherine's lawyer says TJ will be able to assume a lot of the day-to-day responsibilities that have been stressing Katherine out ... including management of household personnel and security.

"It will also make clear for school personnel and anyone else coming into contact with the children that TJ is authorized to act on their behalf," Perry tells TMZ.

"Mrs. Jackson will then be freed up to focus on the more personal everyday decision making related to the lives and activities of the children."

Katherine's lawyer says the agreement would still empower Katherine to CONTROL THE FAMILY'S ALLOWANCE ... which is $70k per month.

The arrangement also seems to make TJ a shoo-in to become the SOLE guardian of the children if Katherine dies while they are still minors.

Katherine's lawyer concludes, "Mrs. Jackson is extremely pleased with the prospect of enjoying the pleasure of raising Michael's children without the day-to-day tedium of items such as managing the large staff that goes with such a high profile family and focus her attention on being a grandmother and raising Michael's children."

Perry tells us ... TJ will file a petition to become the sole permanent guardian later today ... but that's just a formality because of a court imposed deadline. The joint petition will TRUMP that filing.

10:50AM PT  TJ just filed his petition for permanent guardianship ... and TMZ obtained a copy.



No Avatar


Let's not forget that this is the same woman that sat and watched her husband abuse her own kids for many years

781 days ago


Did someone ask her to share guardianship? Big of her since she doesn't have any guardianship at the moment. Doesn't she now have to prove she is capable of doing so.

781 days ago


I wonder if its possible that they will accept TJ's petition and cut Grandma off from everything including the money. I really don't think she needs any legal control over those childen after the risk she put them in with her nutty children.

781 days ago

side eyeing you    

TJ looks like a creeper. I hope those kids learn to sleep with their hands between their legs.

781 days ago


So she still has control of the money and now none of the responsibility for the kids . . . win-win for money-grubbing Katherine and Michael's sibs.

781 days ago


What Perry Sanders means is.....Katherine wants half of the $70,000.00 she was getting before she lost guardianship to TJ!

Katherine Jackson is 82 years old and at 82 years old she should be a grandmother and leave raising Michael Jackson's children to her 34 year old grandson TJ.

The judge hearing the case should also look into the fiasco that Janet, Jermaine, Randy and Rebbe pulled to see if charges should be brought against them!

781 days ago


Why is Debbie Rowe listed as the mother of all three children in these do***ents? Is that a mistake or actually true, considering Blanket's mother has never come forward?

781 days ago

Wow ...    

When will ruling take place on the Perm Guardianship just filed? Today I hope..

781 days ago


Randy posted this on twitter:

1) When TJ asked my mother if he should ask for temporary guardianship, my Mother told TJ NO – twice.

2) The Estate denied Rebbie, Janet and Jermaine access to the house when they returned to home to Calabasas with a letter written by Howard Weitzman, attorney for the Estate, who is not a resident of the home.

3) The Estate is trying to isolate my Mother from her family JUST LIKE THEY DID TO MICHAEL, in order to propagate their lies, financial agendas and to protect a fraudulent will.

4) The same people that are trying to manipulate my mother are the same people that were involved with my brother when he died.

5) In order to obtain temporary guardianship, TJ lied to the court. Rebbie, Janet, Jermaine and I would never harm our mother and we are doing our best to protect her and the Estate knows that. I want to know why Perry Sanders would consider a negotiation based on lies.

6) It is clear that anyone who stands up against the Executors of the Estate - John Branca, John McClain and their attorney Howard Weitzman - is denied access to my mother.

7) It is my fear and belief, that they are trying to take my mother’s life.

781 days ago


I thought that would happen...glad for the joint custody. Three kids are a lot for anyone, let alone a woman in her 80's. So, now janet, randy and jermaine look like fools and are still out of the mix. I think they have learned about the next generation of Jackson's that will not take the abuse they took.

781 days ago


A good resolution. TJ will be in charge of the staff. So we should not see another attempt to replace them with Janet's security. Kinda sounds like a coup attempt. It's like these folks live in their own little world. They do.

781 days ago


I think TJ should get full guardianship with many checks and balances in place to be sure he is spending the money earmarked for the kids ON the kids and Katherine should just live her final days as a grandmother and an old woman. She can't handle all of this and sharing guardianship will only lead to a lot of strife in the family. Er...MORE strife than there already is. I really hope the judge denies shared guardianship and realizes that Katherine did all she could but it's time for her to step back and just be the kids' grandmother now. She will be well taken care of. As for the rest of the family, F 'em.

781 days ago

Randall Burns    

Am I the only one who sees this as a victory for the Jacksons not for the kids? Before TJ was named guardian, if something happened to Katherine, Diana Ross was to be named guardian as to Michael's will. Now TJ will retain guardianship and the family "allowance" remains in the Jackson family. That's what this whole thing was about and I bet Katherine was in on it as well. This was to insure the outcome if anything happened to katherine and guess what...the money grubbing Jacksons win again!

781 days ago


Sorry, Katherine you job of parenting is a wrap. You'll not be sharing guardianship with T.J. Your parenting skills were never in question, but thanks to Randy, Janet, Jermaine, and Rebbie, you've been released of all your duties. Maybe next time your kids will think before kidnapping you and giving you a yellow notepad to lie. IT"S OVER MOTHER!!!!!

781 days ago


Katherine is responsible for paying all the house staff and body gaurd the kids allowance and ground keepers so yes it would take alot of money if you look at the whole picture and paying utilities and food, hello people look at the whole picture please

781 days ago
Previous 15 Comments | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13 | 14 | Most Recent | Next 15 Comments

Around The Web