Joe Jackson won’t be involved in raising Michael’s children


Joe Jackson is shown at the BET Awards on 6/28/09. Credit:

Yesterday we told you that Katherine Jackson, Michael’s 79-year-old mom, has gotten custody of his three children: Prince Michael, 12, Paris Michael, 11, and Blanket, 7. Though Blanket’s custody has never been a huge issue (he was born to a surrogate), it’s been up-in-the-air regarding whether or not Katherine would raise the eldest two, or if they’d go with their mother, Debbie Rowe. The Jacksons must have been truly desperate to get Paris and Prince. Joe Jackson had to agree – in writing – that he would not be raising the kids and will only visit Katherine’s home from time to time.

Joe Jackson doesn’t plan to help raise Michael Jackson’s three children.

The Jackson family patriarch lives in Las Vegas and wrote in a statement filed in a Los Angeles court on Monday that he only occasionally visits the family home in the San Fernando Valley, north of downtown Los Angeles.

“I have had a close family relationship with these grandchildren since their birth,” Jackson wrote in the declaration dated July 13. “I do visit the family residence from time to time and will continue to do so, however I will not be involved in raising the children.”

His two-page declaration expresses support for his wife, Katherine, who on Monday was granted permanent custody of Michael Jackson’s three children.

Joe Jackson wrote that his wife is “a wonderful caretaker and guardian.”

A judge on Monday awarded Katherine Jackson a monthly stipend to help upkeep the family’s home, where her three grandchildren are staying.

Court records released on Tuesday include forms signed by Jackson’s two oldest children, Prince Michael, 12, and Paris-Michael, 11, consenting to their grandmother serving as their guardian. The documents do not include any statements by the children.

[From the Huffington Post]

The Huffington Post goes on to say that Debbie Rowe will be introduced back into the kids’ lives slowly with the help of a child psychologist. According to her lawyer no money was involved in the agreement between Rowe and Katherine Jackson. Rowe’s one big stipulation was that Joe stay the hell away.

Debbie Rowe received no money for giving up custody of Michael Jackson’s children to his mother, her lawyer tells exclusively. “No money was exchanged, discussed, or changed hands regarding the custody settlement that was reached by my client, Debbie Rowe and Katherine Jackson,” legal eagle Eric George told exclusively.

Debbie will be working out a visitation schedule to see her children, we’ve learned. But’s investigation also uncovered that Debbie went hard-line on Joe Jackson’s involvement with the kids… “Debbie wouldn’t sign off on the custody agreement unless Joe Jackson submitted in writing that he would have nothing to do with raising the children,” another source close to the situation told “Debbie stood her ground and demanded it be done. She wants Joe held accountable.”

Debbie’s insistence paid off. Joe Jackson submitted a declaration to the Court stating, in part, “I do visit the family residence from time to time, and will continue to do so however I will not be involved in raising the children.”… “Debbie’s concerns were never about money but the security of the children’s future, a future that she will be playing a role in,” the source added. “Debbie has tremendous faith in Katherine, and the utmost respect for her.”

[From Radar]

While it sounds like Joe will obviously be somewhat removed from the children, he’s still going to be in their lives. And Katherine has denied that Joe ever hurt her children or is anything other than a great, loving man. That makes me worry since she obviously doesn’t see how dangerous and controlling he is.

I don’t want to assume she has bad intentions but it’s very hard not to worry that Katherine’s being manipulated by Joe, who’ll say whatever he needs to in order to get those kids. I seriously can’t imagine him backing off and chilling in Vegas when there are little people whose lives can be messed with. That’s like Batman ignoring the Bat-signal. It’s a good thing a child psychologist will be involved. True, it’s more for Debbie, but if the kids have someone outside the family with whom they can build a relationship and trust, hopefully that person will look out for their greater good.

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  1. Marie says:

    MJ just did a moonwalk in heaven!!

  2. diddy says:

    what the bi deal here? all the deal says is that joe wouldnt be involved in raising them , but he would still be in their lives like he has always been.

    joe has been in their lives since they were babie, his is their grandfather and like all their other cousins they know him as grand daddy jackson.

    people are acting like its only since michael death that joe has come in close contact with the kids, wrong…. they are many pictures of those kids with their dad katherine and joe and even some in march of all of them leaving the brevely hills hotel after a family gathering.

    joe might have been hard on his kids , but the man has 27 grandkids and i have never heard of him being like that on them.

    i cant satnd joe , but the idea of people robing those kids of their only grandfather seems a bit too much

  3. gg says:

    Define “raising” …

  4. Firestarter says:

    I have to give Debbie Rowe credit on this one, she seems to really want what is best for the children, and seems to be trying to keep what Michael Jackson wanted for his own kids.

    Good for her. Her stock has gone up in my book.

  5. Just a Poster says:

    Firestarter I agree with you.

    Debbie Rowe actually stepped up to the plate. Good for her.

  6. gg says:

    I always liked Debbie.

  7. faith says:

    whoooo abig sigh of relief from me although im still worried cuz katherine might be a good person but shes an enabler…and thank God for debbie, shes a good person who has good intentions, and i think if joe was harming the kids, she would intervene, at least i hope!

    @ diddy….dont you realize how harmful if not dangerous joe jackson is? hasnt mike’s crazy life been enough to convince u? u should be ashamed..

  8. CandyKay says:

    Does anybody but me remember the New York Post story of a couple of weeks ago when an “insider” in the Jackson family was saying Debbie wanted 4 million dollars to give up custody of the kids?

    The source was Stacy somebody, a Jackson family factotum who has written a couple of authorized biographies of the family.

    What a smear job.

  9. Good for Debbie-realizing that Katherine was the better choice for a parent, but with that, the need to keep Creepy Joe in check.

  10. Magsy says:

    Joe Jackson is the scariest ass looking mofo. Poor Michael, I would have had nightmares too if he were my Dad. I guess there just wasn’t drugs strong enough to erase the pain infllicted by his old man. What a sad story.