Jackson mother granted custody of children


June 18, 2010 Updated Aug 3, 2009 at 2:11 PM EDT

A Los Angeles judge on Monday named Michael Jackson's mother as the permanent guardian of the singer's three children, formally approving a custody deal agreed last week.

Under the agreement Katherine Jackson, 79, will be granted permanent custody while Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe will receive visitation rights to the two children she bore the singer, Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11.

The surrogate mother of Jackson's third child, Prince Michael II, known as "Blanket," 7, has never been identified.

Rowe will obtain visitation rights for Prince Michael and Paris but would receive no money beyond the spousal agreement already in place -- reportedly worth some 8.5 million dollars (5.9 million euros), according to a statement released last week.

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