LA court delays Jackson's children custody hearing

By AFP

June 18, 2010 Updated Jul 18, 2009 at 1:11 AM EST

A Los Angeles court postponed until next month a custody hearing for the three children of the late pop star Michael Jackson, leaving his mother Katherine temporarily in charge.

"The temporary guardianship hearing in the Michael Joseph Jackson, Jr. Et Al case originally scheduled for Monday, July 20, 2009 is continued to August 3, 2009, at 8:30 am in Department 5 of the Stanley Mosk Courthouse to meet the petition for the permanent guardianship," the Los Angeles Superior Court announced.

"All prior orders remain in full force and effect, with Katherine Jackson as temporary guardian of the children," the announcement added.

On June 29 a Los Angeles court named Michael Jackson's mother as the temporary guardian of Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and younger brother Prince Michael II, 7, who was born to a secret surrogate.

But Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe has said she planned to fight for custody of her two children with the pop star.

Rowe, who was married to Jackson from 1996 to 1999, signed away her parental rights to her two children in 2001, describing Jackson as a "wonderful man... a brilliant father."

However a Los Angeles judge reversed the order in 2004 after Rowe cited concerns over publicity related to Jackson's prosecution for child molestation. Rowe later settled the case, reportedly securing visitation rights.




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