When the custody deal for Michael Jackson’s kids is filed tomorrow in Los Angeles Family Court, it will spell the end of Joseph Jackson living at the family’s home.
Part of the deal made by Debbie Rowe, the mother of the two eldest children, is that Joseph is gone for good from the Hayvenhurst Avenue, Encino, compound that he bought in the 1970s.
Rowe—as noted before—will allow Katherine Jackson to be the official guardian of the children for the time being. It was Rowe who suggested that a psychologist be involved in her meetings with the kids, Prince—whom she calls Michael—and Paris, while she gets to know them.
Rowe, who has a degree in psychology, is concerned, her friends say, that the kids not be manipulated or ”spun” after their meetings.
Rowe, they say, hopes to meet with Katherine Jackson immediately this week, and perhaps schedule the first the session with the kids before the end of this week.
It’s interesting to note that in the three years she was married to Michael Jackson, stayed at Neverland, and gave birth to two children whom his parents believed were his, Rowe never met Katherine or most of Michael’s siblings.
Rowe, by the way, receives no remuneration—no more money—from Jackson’s estate other than existing agreements from 2006.
She’ll have several things in her favor with the kids, who are of an age to understand a lot. Rowe has only been supportive and complimentary of Michael Jackson in interviews and statements. She came to his aid twice in the child molestation case, literally saving him in her testimony in 2005. She’s never sold an interview (except about her horses), or cashed in on Jackson’s scandals.
As for Joe Jackson, Rowe’s lawyers made his absence from the children a non-negotiable part of the custody arrangement. There will be no more talk of Joe the manager trotting out his grandkids as “the Jackson Three” or anything else like that.