Michael Jacksonâ€™s ex-wife Debbie Rowe has been granted visitation rights for the two children she birthed while she was with Jackson. While Jacksonâ€™s mother, Katherine Jackson, will retain custody of all of her grandchildren, Debbie Rowe will have full visitation rights with 12 year-old Prince Michael I and 11 year-old Paris Katherine. Rowe reportedly did not receive any money as part of the custody deal.
Michael Jackson requested that his mother be granted guardianship of his children after his death. Rowe abandoned her parental rights for the two eldest children in 2001, although she regained a portion of them several years later. Despite rumors that Rowe was prepared to â€œbattleâ€ for custody of her two birth-children, she is reportedly pleased with the final custody arrangements.
â€œI am encouraged by the way things are working out,â€ Rowe said in a radio interview with KNBC News on Thursday. The custody settlement will go before a judge for approval next week in Los Angeles. Rowe does not plan to attend. A child psychologist will be on hand during Roweâ€™s visits with the children and will be paid for by both Rowe and Katherine Jackson. Rowe reportedly asked for the psychologist to assist during her visits to help the children adjust to spending time with her.
â€œMrs. Jackson and the family are pleased this matter is resolved and was handled in a caring, thoughtful and courteous manner by the parties and their representatives,â€ Katherine Jacksonâ€™s attorneys said in a press statement.
Meanwhile, the investigation into Michael Jacksonâ€™s death continues. The release of Jacksonâ€™s autopsy results have been indefinitely delayed while police probe into the pop iconâ€™s medical history and drug use. The offices and home of Michael Jacksonâ€™s personal physician, Dr. Conrad Murray, were searched under warrant earlier this week.
In warrants filed on Thursday to authorize a search of Murrayâ€™s office in Nevada, the documents stated there was probable cause Murray was excessively prescribing substances to a â€œdrug addictâ€ â€“ namely, Michael Jackson.