Debbie Rowe to Take Custody of Michael Jackson's Children

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Michael Jackson's ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, is poised to take full custody of the two kids she had with the superstar, who died of cardiac arrest yesterday.

It is widely reported that Debbie Rowe gave up her parental rights to Paris Jackson and Michael Jr. (a.k.a. Prince Michael Jackson). That is not true.

During the custody fight that Rowe had with Jackson in 2005, she attempted to give up her parental rights, saying MJ was the greatest father ever.

Retired Judge Stephen Lachs, who presided over the hearing, initially ruled her rights were terminated ... but Lachs later reversed that decision.

Lance Spiegel, a lawyer who represented Jackson at the time, says that under the law, the Department of Children and Family Services must conduct a parental fitness investigation before parental rights are terminated.

That didn't actually happen with Rowe.

He's the one known for wearing masks, but Debbie Rowe, former wife of Michael Jackson, has been shrouded in mystery before and after marriage.

Essentially, Debbie Rowe never gave up anything. As a result, under California law, Rowe is now presumed to be the person who will get custody of the kids.

The only way Rowe can be denied custody is if a court determines it would be "detrimental to the children." Considering they lived with Michael Jackson, that seems unlikely. As for whether Rowe will ask for custody, sources say bet on it.

According to a source close to the situation quoted by TMZ, if Rowe gets custody she will receive "a huge amount of child support from Jackson's estate."

Michael never identified the mother of his youngest child, Prince Michael Jackson II, a.k.a. "Blanket." Who will end up with custody of Blanket is unclear.

The exact cause of Jackson's death is also unclear, although speculation has already arisen that a prescription drug overdose may be responsible.

Here's a picture of Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe in happier times ...

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I don't think she should have any rights to those children. She gave them up and they don't even know her - I think it would be dreadful if they were handed to her. I also think they should be kept together. The only world they knew was with their father and they are going to be totally traumatized after his death - they should certainly not be separated and they should stay with his family. I saw transcripts from the agreement they made regarding the children and Michael already had someone in mind to take care of them if anything should ever happen to him. She said so herself. I hope she doesn't get them

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O no, pls dont split up the kids. Let them all stay together. I think its best that they stay with their grandmother. Does Debbie even have relationship at all with them?

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that debbie really cleaned up financially with michael. she never has to worry about money. and the jackson family is going to be so angry because it was reported that debbie couldn't stand them therefore they can expect to get no kind of financial support from her. i hope she repairs neverland and makes it another graceland. debbie be good to those kids.

Michael Jackson Biography

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Michael Joseph Jackson
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