Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, 79, will receive full custody of the his three children under the terms of a deal that has just been reached, lawyers said Thursday. Read more on the custody agreement below.
Deborah “Debbie” Rowe, the mother of Jackson’s two oldest children (Prince Michael I, 12, and Paris, 11) will get visitation rights with her kids based on a schedule worked out with a child psychologist. Rowe will receive continued spousal support from her marriage to the singer.
“Mrs. Jackson and the family are pleased this matter is resolved and was handled in a caring, thoughtful and courteous manner by the parties and their representatives,” says a statement from Jackson’s lawyers, L. Londell McMillan and Diane Goodman. “We were all united in our goals to do what is best for Michael’s wonderful children, and both Mrs. Jackson and Debbie Rowe were on the exact same page. Accordingly, although important issues had to be resolved, this was no legal contest but rather simply a process doing the right thing for the right reasons.”
Rowe’s lawyer, Eric George,added: “The parties engaged in a dignified discussion that resulted in a dignified outcome. The sole consideration between the parties was the best interests of the children. I’m proud to have worked with such professionals who represented Ms. Jackson, and I am particularly proud of Deborah for her integrity and selflessness.”
The custody agreement will be presented to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday. Both sides expect the custody deal to be approved.
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