Belfast Telegraph

Sunday 20 April 2014

Jacko children to stay with grandma

Katherine Jackson has been reinstated as guardian of son Michael's three children

A judge in Los Angeles has reinstated Katherine Jackson as the guardian of Michael Jackson's three children in an arrangement which also keeps their cousin as temporary co-guardian.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff said during a hearing that an investigator who looked into the children's care found that the late pop star's 82-year-old mother was an excellent guardian and the children love her very much.

"I think the kids are in terrific hands," the judge said. "It appears from the report that Katherine Jackson has done a wonderful job and cares about the children very much."

The judge noted that the children, Prince, 15, Paris, 14 and Blanket, 10, also have a close relationship with their 34-year-old cousin TJ Jackson, who was named co-guardian after working closely with Mrs Jackson since Michael died.

TJ is "incredibly respectful" of the family matriarch and she is respectful of him, the judge said.

The judge will finalise the arrangement later but for now he will issue letters of co-guardianship allowing both Jacksons to make decisions about the children's welfare.

The shared guardianship plan is apparently designed to remove pressure from Mrs Jackson who was previously named in her son's will as the children's sole guardian.

Perry Sanders Jr, her lawyer, has said the arrangement will allow his client to focus on the children's upbringing and not on home or logistics issues.

TJ Jackson was appointed temporary guardian in a court hearing last week after a bizarre episode in which Mrs Jackson was reported missing but later turned up at an Arizona spa with family members.

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