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Jackson’s Mother: Custody, No Estate

Judge also grants Debbie Rowe visitation rights and a spousal allowance.

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge named Michael Jackson’s mother Katharine permanent guardian of Jackson’s three children Monday, as stipulated by the late pop star’s 2002 will.


Jackson’s ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, was granted visitation rights for her two biological children and a spousal allowance.


Judge Mitchell Beckloff’s rulings have become public throughout the day and in a recent one he admitted Jackson’s will into probate — a decision Katherine has begrudgingly accepted.


Though the will awards Katherine custody, it names entertainment lawyer John Branca and music executive John McClain co-executors of Jackson’s estate.


Katherine, who will receive a monthly allowance, had asked to have more involvement with the estate, but today she withdrew her petition.


The estate also reached agreement with promoter AEG, which was set to put on Jackson’s 50 shows at London’s O2 Arena. The terms of the agreement have not been disclosed


Earlier in the hearing, Jackson’s dermatologist Arnold Klein asked for a say in the custody issue, prompting the judge to ask if he had any legal standing for an objection.


Klein said he had a long-standing commitment to the children and was particularly interested in ensuring that Jackson’s father Joe had no involvement, but the judge declined Klein’s request to be involved.