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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.



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Let Kathrerine have physical custody over MJ's kids. AND let Diana Ross control the monthly allowance. Ms. Ross is perfectly capable, honest and has no self-interest in the money. Since Katherine states that she loves the kids, this arrangement should not present a problem. PLUS, it is legal under CA law. So, Judge, throw this deal out and see who does, or does not, nibble. Action speaks louder than words.

762 days ago

Grace Witness    

This business is simply horrific. A dark horror story fit for a classic Hollywood treatment in the spirit of Bette Davis and company if people are not very careful.

"Tito Joe Jackson" a.k.a. "TJ" is applying to the California Courts for permanent guardianship of Michael Jackson's children, citing "continuity" in the children's lives as one mighty good reason to appoint him.

However, he is willing to share the guardianship with Mrs. Katherine Jackson, the original guardian, without reservation, and, in the event of either joint-guardians dying, suggesting that the guardianship should pass fully to the surviving guardian!!!

Is he stupid or what? ..or just a pawn? The old system that has brought Michael Jackson's children to the brink of being kidnapped would only be a mere heartbeat away.
Are you sure you want to drink that Diet Coke, TJ or are you simply a co-conspirator under the hand of Grand Master Papa Joe Jackson?

"Continuity" of this nightmare so far is what needs to come to a Full Stop, and the greatest professionals of California and the USA should make themselves available - pro bono - especially those in the Child Protection professions, psychologists, academic jurists, high-level financiers and bankers - to analyze and establish the material best interests of the children, that is, their lives and limbs first and their inheritance a close second, and only to appoint a guardian or guardians when iron-clad and Court-backed rules are set in place.

Nothing should be left to chance, now. The World has seen the dangerous sharks circling around Michael Jackson's children as a result of his daughter Paris crying "Foul" and his eldest son Prince also speaking out loud and clear.

TJ Jackson may be a genuine nice honest straight-up guy, but he is clearly not smart enough for the job, or not good enough, with Michael Jackson's siblings evidently able to muscle in and siphon the children's money and crowd their space far too easily.

Michael Jackson's children need proper protection, so that they can grow and reach maturity without any further threat to their well-being.
Since Diana Ross does not appear to want to take on the responsibilities written in Michael Jackson's Will, someone senior - the California Courts or Michael Jackson's Estate - need to take on the responsibilities of properly protecting them, their lives and their paternal inheritance.

We should all want to see Michael Jackson's children grow up to be what Michael Jackson would wish for each of them. Their being damaged by having to survive tooth and nail against unruly and greedy relatives should no longer be an acceptable way forward.

762 days ago


Well, it appears that granny now understands that certain people, for whatever reason, were not putting the children's emotional needs first and she has decided to do that.

No, granny. The kids weren't having a good old time off on a camping trip out in the boonies while you were getting your well deserved R&R...The obviously incompetent micromanagers need to apologize to the children and to granny.

762 days ago

mac the knife    

hmm.. this deal still isn't a done deal-- as they have to go to court & be approved. by the judge.

762 days ago


I like this joint arrangement very much! I'm so happy for all of them. Maybe now the others can sit down & shut up!!!

762 days ago


Someone messed up big time with TJ's do***ents, Under penalty of perjury they stated that Prince is Debbie Rowe's child and that his custody was via their divorce but that is only true of the. two eldest children. That is not true with Prince II. I hope his lawyers catch the oops and fix it before all sorts of problems arise.

Co guardianship is very appropriate here given the issues. aif grandma just left to get away...she shouldn't be guardian because she thought it was ok to up and leave her grand kids for 11 days without telling them or planning for them. If her children did kidnap her, then you have problems with grandma ning being able to protect these kids from financial actions of others.

I also read the will in full and there is a huge issue that might result in the will contest. We all know Michael wasn't in California on the day it was signed. However, they are saying the witness erred in putting LA and not NY. However, the bigger problem is all three witnesses are listed as living in California. None of the witnesses live in Ny and I doubt they all flew with Michael to NY and then witnessed his will signing. It is more likely the date was wrong than the city was wrong but that could very well invalidate the will.

Not to mention, his initials look substantially different I. style on the pages where the executors were appointed than the other pages of the will. Someone should consider a handwriting analysis.

Not to mention there are legal issues with executing a will out of state.of validity.

Ultimately, though,given that Michael didn't give his siblings much. only when alive supports that he didn't intend to give them anything in death. No judge would find that Michael intended to share his fortune with others besides his children absent specific evidence that he requested this.

If I were the judge I would remove the executors for conflict of interest and appoint a special master for the executor issues as to major financial decisions but still keep the kids are the beneficiaries.

762 days ago


I still want to do papa Joe,I think he's just so sexy.

762 days ago

South Beach    

Granny has been told by the bad apples to not lose that monthly cash at any cost. Let's see what the next move is to get the big bucks, because once Granny is dead, that $$ is locked up forever. Randy and CO may lay low for a few months and let this blow over, but they're aren't done, and the courts will never hand it to them.

762 days ago


This is just silly. DO you honestly think she has been doing any of the stuff she claims to be doing ? YEA like Katherine Jackson was EVER in charge of any of the staff stuff "she can now take a break from". What to you think Trent and TJ have been going all along?

I hope the judge see through this. I know those kids love their grandmother and that's why they were so upset. PLEASE just let Katherine live with them with a small stipend. The sooner they take the 10's of thousands away from her, the sooner the GROWN man children of hers will get on their own. HECK Jermaine will be collecting social security soon enough...jjjeeezzzzz.

It's highly suspect that she want no responsiblity YET ALL the money...yea ....right !
OR if they agree to this the judge should order her to turn in receipts to WHERE all that money is going. It's suppose to be for MICHAEL'S kids...NOT her kids.

762 days ago


I hope this situation gets resolved soon...The children seem to love their grandmother and their cousin TJ so if it works for that family GREAT.

762 days ago


It's interesting to attribute the most nefarious motives to everyone involved, but for the children's sake, I hope that there was someone putting them first in this. They are in need of protection, physical, emotional and spiritual. Ms Jackson sounded fully cognizant to me. She's going to need to explain why she didn't speak with the children for over a week. She needs to understand that that was inappropriate. That was not putting the children first.
They should never have been unable to contact their grandmother. Anyone who doesn't understand that would traumatize a child obviously hasn't had that happen to them... So, were all involved merely thoughtless micromanagers concerned only about "mom" or were there devious motives involved for some as well?

There are a lot of accusations being tossed around. I trust that the court will be interested in getting to the bottom of the confusion and assisting this family in doing the best for the children in their care.

If the children are comfortable with T.J. and he didn't contribute to this confusion in their life, then it probably is time for him to take the reins. The children's well being should be all that matters. And people need to lay off of Grandma. She's grandma and what she says goes in family matters. She knows what's going on with her children.

Even if some were well-intentioned, they didn't handle things well. They should admit that and move on.

762 days ago



762 days ago


It is great that the custody will be shared by both Katherine and TJ. Katherine as the paternal Grandmother and TJ as a male role model.

None of the other males in that family have ever shown them the slightest interest IMO. Too busy trying to get their filthy paws on things that they have no right to and probably resenting MJ3 that they do.

762 days ago


It is great that my donkey is just so hung,does anything I want & wears gold panties.

762 days ago


Katherine doesn't want to lose her money.

762 days ago
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