Katherine Jackson has been declared the permanent guardian of her late son’s children, but will she get control of his estate?
During the hearing on Michael Jackson estate today, a judge has signed off on the custody deal between his mother and his ex-wife, Debbie Rowe. E! News reports that the court was also presented with consent forms from Michael’s oldest children, Paris and Prince Michael, stating that they wanted to remain with their grandmother.
A follow-up custody hearing is scheduled for October 2, but under the current agreement, Debbie will get visitation rights.
Also at issue was the matter of a monthly allowance for Katherine and the kids. Before the court went into recess, the judge agreed to let Michael’s estate give them separate stipend that are retroactive to Michael’s death. How much each of them will be getting hasn’t been disclosed, but the children are said to be getting 83.5 percent of the requested amount. Katherine’s allowance will be up for review in six months.
The judge must also decide on who gets control of Michael’s estate. Although John Branca and John McClain were both been named the administrators in the entertainer’s 2002 will, Katherine has challenged them for authority of it.
– Sonya Eskridge