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San Jose Family Law Attorney comments on the custody battle over Michael Jackson’s children.

San Jose Family Law Attorney comments on the custody battle over Michael Jackson’s children.

If something were to happen to you, who would take care of your children? That is a question that many parents have had to face as they prepared their wills and estate plans. Not properly addressing this situation can create a family law nightmare for your children and their guardians.

After Michael Jackson’s death, a custody battle for his children has broken out between Debbie Rowe, Mr. Jackson’s ex-wife and mother of his two oldest children, and Katherine Jackson, Mr. Jackson’s mother. Ms. Rowe had previously relinquished her parental rights after their divorce in 1999, but had them reinstated after Mr. Jackson’s arrest on child molestation charges in 2003. The mother of his third child was a surrogate and her identity is unknown.

Ms. Rowe has a strong claim to custody of the oldest children. But California courts have to consider “the best interests of the child” in deciding custody cases. In this case, will it be more beneficial for all three children to remain together with their grandmother and their cousins? Or, should the older children be placed with a mother with whom they have had limited contact for some time? It is a sticky situation, and one that will probably be in litigation for some time.

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