Michael Jackson’s mother, Katherine Jackson, has been awarded custody of his three children and his ex, Debbie Rowe, will be allowed supervised visitation. Rowe is the mother of Michael’s first two children, Paris and Prince Michael. The agreement was announced today by Katherine Jackson’s attorney, Londell McMillan who spoke with CBS The Early Show. (For more details and information about this breaking story, check out www.eonline.com/uberblog/b136752_michaels_mom_gets_custody_of_kids.html.) One has to wonder, however, is this the best arrangement for the children? Katherine, who is 79, is elderly and won’t be around forever. Blanket, the youngest child is only seven years old. So should their biological mother, Rowe, have received full custody instead?
First, let me give you some of the background history. Jackson and Rowe were married in 1996 and then divorced in 1999 with Rowe giving Jackson full custodial rights of the children. In 2001, Rowe had rights as a parent completely terminated. However, when Jackson was accused of child abuse in 2004, Rowe wanted to have the 2001 decision reversed. Rowe was also very concerned that Jackson was teaching their children Paris and Michael (Blanket was born to a surrogate mother) about Islam and its beliefs.
Rowe eventually moved from her Beverly Hills home (which was part of her and Michael’s 1999 divorce settlement) and moved to Palmdale, California.
Rowe is quoted as saying to the Daily Mail in February, 2008 that she saw the children on a regular basis as she lived only three hours away from her children once she moved to Palmdale.
It sounds like it’s a complete and chaotic mess. What one can infer is that Michael’s three children who had lived primarily with him until his death on June 25, 2009, really have known the Jackson family as the constant in their lives. Putting them with Debbie Rowe who has only shown inconsistency over whether or not she really wants her children would have been a terrible decision.
Although Katherine Jackson is elderly, she has been a constant in the three children’s’ lives. She and Michael’s siblings have apparently been involved and around since the children were born. It sounds like Rowe was interested in making some money by having Michael’s first two children. In fact, she received millions for having Michael’s children. As soon as the divorce occurred in 1999, Rowe, for all intents and purposes, gave up her parental rights. She came back into their lives only when she grew concerned about what they were purportedly learning (Islam teachings).
According to the story on Yahoo, Rowe will be able to have supervised visits with a child psychologist with her children. Additionally, she will not receive any cash but will retain parental rights and won’t try to claim custody of the children.
It’s hard to imagine that a mother could basically abandon her children for money, but that’s what Rowe did almost eight years ago. Of course, it’s impossible to know what Rowe really thinks or feels, even when reading gossip tabloids that sound so real. However, if Rowe had wanted her children, it more than likely would have happened way before Michael’s death.
Sources: www.wikipedia.org/wiki/Debbie_Rowe, www.omg.yahoo.com/news/deal-reachedwww.eonline.com/uberblog/b136752_michaels_mom_gets_custody_of_kids.html