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A major issue involving the personal affairs of the late superstar Michael Jackson has been solved. Yesterday, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge, Mitchell Beckloff, granted custody of the singer’s three children to his mother, 79-year-old Katherine Jackson. Jackson’s ex-wife Debbie Rowe, mother of his two oldest children, will retain legal parental rights and have visitations.
Even though Jackson’s will expressed his wish to have his mother raise his children, I’m concerned that Mrs. Jackson’s age may make it difficult for her to carry out that function. Hopefully, she’ll get help from others with the care of 12-year-old Prince Michael, 11-year-old Paris, and 7-year-old Prince Michael II known as Blanket.
Judge Beckloff awarded Mrs, Jackson an allowance for herself and a separate one for the children. Meanwhile, the battle over control of the legendary entertainer’s estate continues. The judge gave Mrs. Jackson’s lawyers until October 2 to explain their objections to having music executives, John Branca and John McClain, handle the entertainer’s estate, which is valued at more than $500 million.
Michael Jackson died suddenly on June 25, 2009. The exact cause of death is still under investigation.