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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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She wants NONE of the responsibility, but all of the money. Why would TJ go for that? I wouldn't.

783 days ago

Throwback kid    

Sure she will! she wants that nice fat paycheck from the estate every month! She still has not given a valid reason why after leaving town she did not speak to those kids for 9 days. They are minors, they need adult supervision, Katherine said she just turned her phone off and didn't want to talk to anyone. A very poor excuse and I don't think anyone believes it. There is a reason that communication was cut off from those kids. I used to like Janet but she is just as sneaky as the rest of them

783 days ago


The kids need one guardian and I believe it should be TJ.

783 days ago


The phuckery just never ends with this family...

783 days ago


I think we all know that if Katherine controls the money ONLY, she going to give it straight to Randy and Jermaine. The Estate already has accountants to handle all the money, so why should it flow through her hands and not TJ's when HE is the real Guardian?

783 days ago


So grandma just wants to be grandma without the stress of actually running the household. But still wants to control the purse-strings? That's a good gig-- if you can get it. The judge just needs to take one look at that laughable news conference she did in AZ, where she claimed she was not being held hostage. Well lady... let's see... wouldn't it have been more believable if you had made your "statement" by yourself, rather than being surrounded by said family members, including Jermaine twitching back and forth behind you? If that didn't scream "Manipulation", I don't know what would. MJ's kids appear to have more brains and sense than the rest of the family combined. Maybe they should be given guardianship over their grandma and keep the money.

783 days ago

Sarah Adams    

I don't think the judge will accept it. I think Katherine has demonstrated her inability to protect these 3 kids from the rest of the family. And I also think, that if they do push too hard on the judge, the CSP from the state would take over. It's a very risky move!

783 days ago


She, or her lawyers can submit this "here is what I want" but she will never be able to explain what has been happening, I am so glad that this came to light, maybe those freeloaders will have to work. A judge is never going to allow that money to go unaccounted for. They were lucky (ha) before as they kept everything hush hush,NOW IT IS OPEN FOR ALL TO SEE.... How did his family manage to live off of no money? It had to come from someplace, and because the Lord works in mysterious ways, a court system is going to find out exactly what the JACKSON'S, including Katherine, have been doing! It is not good!

783 days ago

mj fan forever    

First off greedy unnatural mother Katherine wants to share guardianship just because she knows she will lost it and therefore the money!!! Then what about Michael's wishes according to which he wanted DIANA ROSS to raise his children??? He never mentioned TJ!!! AGAIN Michael's wishes are IGNORED but what to expect by a greedy unnatural mother???? Anything for money as always!!!!

783 days ago


TMZ is so anti Jackson. Seems like folks on here are ok with everyone getting Michael's money except his family. EVERYBODY is getting paid and profiting off Michael EXCEPT the Jacksons and they have been in his corner from the jump. They were there from the beginning and were his foundation..can't deny that. Also, Katherine had 9 children, not 1...Michael was not an only child. Those 8 surviving kids love their mother just as much as he did. So if there is concern about THEIR mother's health or well being, they have every right to step in and care about her. I would do the same for my mom.

783 days ago


Great, now can one of you guardians get your 14 year old ward to go to bed at a decent hour????

783 days ago


The Court should take that as her admission that she's not up to the job of being Guardian to 3 teenagers, period!
Why would TJ let HER handle the money when HE knows that she wants to give the kids' money to Randy and Germaine.

783 days ago


She is as bad as her kids, money grubbing old bat

783 days ago


Not that it's any of my or anyone else's business, but THIS has been my suggestion from THE beginning - in EVERYONE'S best interest. So let's move forward.

783 days ago


who says this agreement trumps the other one? let's see --the attorney for katherine who went to arizona and "wasn't allowed to see her"--not the other attorney for katherine who said the kids were ambushed ---neither of whom is the judge. is katherine competent to control money if she is not competent as full-time guardian?

783 days ago
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