Katherine Jackson Back as Guardian to MJ's Kids
August 02, 2012
A judge has reinstated the guardianship of Michael Jackson's kids to the pop superstar's mother Katherine in an arrangement that also gives their cousin TJ Jackson a role as co-guardian.
Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said during a hearing on Thursday that results of an investigation he ordered into the children's care found that Katherine has been doing a good job as guardian and that the children love her.
Katherine's attorney Perry Sanders said in an interview that singer/actress Diana Ross -- who was named in Michael Jackson's will as a potential guardian for his kids if his mother became incapacitated -- met with the children and Katherine at their home on Wednesday and all parties were pleased with the latest guardianship arrangement. He also said that Debbie Rowe -- the mother of Prince Michael and Paris Jackson -- had been notified as well.
The latest decision establishes that Katherine and TJ are both allowed to make decisions regarding the welfare of Michael's children -- Paris, 14, Prince Michael, 15, and Blanket, 10. The family allowance will continue to be paid by Katherine.
Last week Katherine was temporarily removed as the children's guardian and temporary guardianship was granted to TJ -- the 34-year-old son of Michael's brother Tito. The judge explained last week that he temporarily suspended Katherine's guardianship because she had been away from her California home and hadn't spoken with the children for several days while on a trip to Arizona.
The recent guardianship change came amid ongoing drama in the Jackson family stemming from a dispute over the late pop superstar's will and the management of his lucrative estate.