A Family Law Attorney on Michael Jackson and Child Custody

July 7, 2009

A Family Law Lawyer Comments on Michael Jackson and Child Custody 

Michael Jackson and Child Custody

With the death of Michael Jackson, there has been significant speculation as to what will happen with the custody of his three children.  In his will, Jackson designated his mother as the children’s guardian.  However, a guardianship designation in a will does not supersede the rights of a parent.   As to the two older children, at least, the children’s mother, Debbie Rowe, may have superior rights to Jackson’s mother.   Ultimately, the California Court will have to determine if it would be detrimental to the children’s best interests to be placed in the custody of Ms. Rowe.  See this story on the BBC:  Michael Jackson Child Custody

 Debbie Rowe and Child Custody

At this time, there is no custody dispute.  Ms. Rowe has filed no suit, and the children are in the custody of Jackson’s mother.  As a family law attorney, I am happy to say that parents are usually motivated by the best interests of the children in these circumstances.   If a parent has not been part of the child’s life for a significant period of time, they may not be motivated to step in if there is a more suitable custodian.  They may, on the other hand, want to negotiate some quality time with the children.   In this case, even if Ms. Rowe does not want custody of the children, the death of their father may provide her with an opportunity that didn’t exist prior to Jackson’s death to be part of her children’s life.  

 Of course, there is a potential jackpot here, since Jackson’s estate may provide the children’s custodian with access to a very large amount of cash.  

 Finally, since Ms. Rowe is not the biological parent of Jackson’s youngest child, who was the product of a surrogacy arrangement, additional complications may surface.    

Jennifer Moore
Moore Family Law, P.APlymouth, MN
jennifer.moore@moorefamilylawMN.com

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One Response to “A Family Law Attorney on Michael Jackson and Child Custody”

  1. johnrj08 Says:

    I think Ms. Rowe has demonstrated her interest in cash settlements over the last dozen years. There is ample reason to suspect that she approached Katherine Jackson and asked for more money in return for not disputing her guardianship as stipulated in Jackson’s 2002 will. I cannot help but feel that Rowe is the ultimate parasite, having given birth to not one, but two children, and then never having shown the slightest interest in being part of their lives. This is a brutish woman who claims that she twice offered her “womb” to Michael Jackson “out of love for him”. Give me a break! They never even lived together.

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