Deborah Rowe will get visitation of her two oldest children and continued spousal support

By Mike Fleeman and Michael Y. Park
Updated July 30, 2009 08:30 AM
Credit: Mark J. Terrill/Reuters/Landov

The 79-year-old mother of Michael Jackson will receive full custody of the pop singer’s three children under the terms of a deal that has just been reached, lawyers said Thursday.

Deborah Rowe, the mother of Jackson’s two oldest children – Prince Michael I, 12, and Paris, 11 – will get visitation rights with her kids based on a schedule worked out with a child psychologist. Rowe also will receive continued spousal support from her marriage to the singer.

“Mrs. 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,” says a statement from Jackson’s lawyers, L. Londell McMillan and Diane Goodman. “We were all united in our goals to do what is best for Michael’s wonderful children, and both Mrs. Jackson and Debbie Rowe were on the exact same page. Accordingly, although important issues had to be resolved, this was no legal contest but rather simply a process doing the right thing for the right reasons.”

Rowe’s lawyer, Eric George, adds: “The parties engaged in a dignified discussion that resulted in a dignified outcome. The sole consideration between the parties was the best interests of the children. I’m proud to have worked with such professionals who represented Ms. Jackson, and I am particularly proud of Deborah for her integrity and selflessness.”

The custody agreement will be presented to a Los Angeles Superior Court judge on Monday. Both sides expect the court to approve of the deal.