“I want my children. I’m stepping up. I have to.” Debbie Rowe stated during an interview with NBC-LA. A judge delayed the guardianship hearing that was scheduled for Monday in response to a request by Rowe and Jackson’s mother’s attorneys. The hearing was rescheduled for July 13th.
Katherine Jackson will retain temporary guardianship of the three children until the hearing.
Rowe will take DNA and psychological tests to prove maternity. Rowe gave up her parental rights to Jackson but an appeals court threw out the contract in 2006. Rowe remains the legal parent of Michael Joseph Jr., 12 and Paris Michael Katherine, 11. While Jackson had custody of the children, she retained visitation rights.
Debbie indicated that she would take Blanket, Jackson’s third child, to
keep the three kids together. She also plans to file a restraining
order against Joe Jackson so he can’t be near the kids.
Jackson’s will named his mother as guardian of his children and specifically excluded Rowe as a beneficiary of his estate, “I have intentionally omitted to provide for my former wife, DEBORAH JEAN ROWE JACKSON.”
Obviously Jackson made his wishes clear; we’ll see what the courts say.