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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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Joe,makes me wet.

820 days ago


All about money they did not make thenselves. Prince and Paris will see to the right solution, and I trust they will take Blanket with them . He has so one else. Michel, you left a mess!

820 days ago


She should beat the **** out of her kids so they won't kidnap her ever again. She's old enough to do that.

820 days ago


I think this is a bad idea. She will still be subject to her chidlren's attempts to influence her and interfere with the kids and the estate.

If Miss Katherine had so much trouble managing the house and children, either she lacked a good staff management or she can't handle the job anymore. Maybe she never could handle it and TJ has been one of the reasons it worked at all, but he doesn't have the authority.

I think the kids are getting substandard supervision and hands-on involvement if this woman can be spirited away without a word to them and TMZ has to really dig to find a photo of all of them together.

Finally, the court or the estate has to do something to ensure that the allowance she has been receiving (and I'm talking over and above any sum given to her for her private and unquestioned use) has not been spent on family members other than those three children. And other family members need to be kept out of that house except when they are truly (short-term) visitors and certainly kept from interfering in its operations or the discipline of the children.

This row probably had everything to do with the estate executors objecting to how she was allowing things to happen and money to be spent!!!

If Miss Katherine can't or won't do right, then she needs to give up the guardianship! A surprise visit from Adult Protective Services wouldn't hurt.

820 days ago


I apologize to anyone else who already noticed this, but I can't read through all 385 responses so far.

Did anyone notice that TJ provided erroneous information on the petition to the effect that Debbie Rowe was BLANKET's mother and the child of a dissolved marriage?

820 days ago


One thing I find interesting is that she can just leave for 10 days while supposedly being the sole guardian.

Here in Australia by about the 3rd day someone would be going mental and pretty good chance the "Guardian" if you can even call them that in similar situations would be removed.

Funny how she can just disappear for 10 days then come back and expect to be guardian like she didnt just disappear without a word.

Seems pretty neglectful towards the children your meant to be be taking care of.

820 days ago


With all respect to Mrs. Jackson, it's time for TJ to be award permanent guardianship of Michael's children. TJ is the most grounded and has the children's needs first in mind. He'll provided the greatest stability. Michael's children sent a strong message with their approval and feeling of genuine closeness/trust with him.

Mrs. Jackson needs to be a grandma now. In heart he genuinely loves her grandchildren, but, she's torn with protecting her own adult children. The future for after Mrs. Jackson must be prepared now.

820 days ago


What a f'ing life .....NO THANK YOU!!!! I would rather make 125,00$/year and have a 160...0 sq ft house, than to deal with ANYTHING this family deals witth. YOU CAN HAVE IT!!!! Yuk!

820 days ago


The gist is Michael wanted the children with Katherine, Katherine appears to be a sweet woman & I'm pretty sure she would be well taken care of, therefore, the comments about her being money hungry are ridiculous. Second, these kids aren't even Michael's & their putting the Jackson business out to the public, which is possibly why Janet approached Paris trying to understand why her minor self is airing everything out on twitter. Third, I feel like the jackson brother's are leaches & have a motive for what their doing, as far as rebbie and janet why would they want anything from the estate? From my knowledge they are content with their life. Finally, I just wish all of the Jacksons would keep things private, I understand michael took care of the kids as a father figure, therefore, the children should know that he would never want them to be as open about family business like they are now. The other Jackson's need to just stay out of it completely, if michael was alive it would be solely Katherine, him & the children. Like BLAH. BYE already.

820 days ago


Those poor Children....they are now wrapped all up in the Jackson Family Dysfunction....Next person to show up will be Papa Joe Jackson...smh.

819 days ago


My prayers for the entire Jackson family.

819 days ago


We know differently. My Mother Gloria Rhoads Berlin and I knowing Michael & Kathrine and most of the family personally from the mid 70's while I was growing up down the street with them in the City of Encino.

Then going to school with Michael's brother Randy and lots more. Then later in life having the pleasure in finding Michael his first Home in the Neverland Ranch in which we spent many days and hours with him searching for the perfect property for him and his animals only back then.

We also are the people who started his Mega million member Fan Club years after his Thriller Album release.

See our book for facts

I can tell you Michael would be really upset about all this media coverage over his children and how it may affect there well being no.1.

He also would probably pick who ever the kids where really really happy to be around as the no.2 guardianship person to help his Mother Kathrine out 100%.

Altho a non member of the Family like a Nanny may have been the best choice...

Reason being he wouldn't want any Family conflicts like were seeing right now. Gloria agrees with me also on this for the kids well being only.

819 days ago
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