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Post by whisper » Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:17 pm

Jackson Custody Dispute Goes Public

Wednesday, September 6, 2006 By Jessica Garrison Los Angeles Times

LOS ANGELES -- Starting Wednesday, Michael Jackson will figure in another legal circus -- this one centering on attempts by Los Angeles Superior Court officials to show that celebrities and other rich people can't buy special treatment from the legal system when they have business disputes or want to get divorced.

For years, Jackson's custody battle with ex-wife Deborah Rowe seemed to illustrate the opposite point.

Despite the media firestorm that accompanied the pop star when he was tried and acquitted last year on child-molestation charges, he managed to keep the custody dispute largely out of the public eye.

He did so by hiring a private judge -- a service that celebrities and rich people regularly use.

These judges are privately paid by the parties in the dispute, but they are required to follow the same rules of public access and procedure used in public courtrooms.

Earlier this year, stung by the appearance that celebrities were buying special treatment, Los Angeles County court officials announced a reform of the rules governing private judging. They also dragged the Jackson case back into the public system. Wednesday morning, lawyers for the pop star and his ex-wife are expected in the teeming, somewhat dilapidated downtown courthouse -- a far different environment from the sleek conference rooms where many hearings had been held.

On the agenda are Rowe's efforts to win greater visitation with her and Jackson's two children, Prince Michael and Paris, as well as attorney's fees for her lawyer and a motion to file some documents under seal. Court officials also ordered lawyers for Jackson and Rowe to publicly file this week all legal documents since the divorce. As the papers have flooded in, they have opened yet another window into Jackson's unusual life.

Jackson and Rowe, who was a nurse in the office of Jackson's dermatologist, were married in 1996. Rowe gave birth to Prince Michael Joseph Jackson Jr. in 1997 and to Paris Michael Katherine Jackson in 1998. In 1999, Rowe filed for divorce.

Jackson got custody. Rowe received an $8 million settlement, along with a house in Beverly Hills. At first, she also had the right to visit the children every 45 days, but in 2001, she went back to court and asked the private judge, Stephen Lachs, to terminate her parental rights.

She said she felt like ``an intrusion on their life, and they're going to have enough intrusions as it is,'' according to a transcript. ``I'm absolutely around if Michael ever needs me, if the children need me for a liver, kidney, a hello, whatever, I will always be around for him.''

But she added, ``These are his children. I had the children for him.... They're his kids. They're not my kids.''


At that time, Lachs, a well-regarded, retired family-law judge, agreed to terminate Rowe's parental rights.

Later, when Jackson was arrested on charges of child molestation, Rowe reconsidered. She went back to Lachs and asked him to void the order.

Lachs did, saying he had erred when he terminated Rowe's rights to Paris and Prince Michael without having someone represent the children's interests. But he stopped short of allowing Rowe increased visitation without further evaluation of the situation.

Jackson's lawyers said Rowe was ``trying to hold up Michael Jackson for money using the children as the tool'' and compared her to .``a common crook or extortionist.''


The pop star's lawyers took Lachs' decision to the Court of Appeal, which sided with Rowe in a ruling published earlier this year.

That ruling, in which the justices said Lachs had abdicated his responsibilities, brought scrutiny to the practice of private judging.

``There are some persuasive arguments ... why it is important that even divorce cases be open to the public,'' said Marta Almli, one of Rowe's attorneys. ``For example, so public watchdogs can ... make sure people are treated fairly. But I don't see any public watchdogs going into court and making sure that John and Jane Doe are being treated fairly or consistently. I only see people looking at the Michael Jackson cases.''

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Post by InspirationMoonwalks » Wed Sep 06, 2006 4:29 pm

Jackson's lawyers said Rowe was ``trying to hold up Michael Jackson for money using the children as the tool'' and compared her to .``a common crook or extortionist.
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I for one have said all along that she's doing this just to get back in Michael's life..whether that means personal contact, money, or whatever. Sure, she may have some doubts or regrets about not being there for the kids more..that's only natural, but I still think those things are the main reasons why...

In some ways, it kinda sucks that their business will be out there like this, though. I mean, you can't really fairly compare a celebrity divorce/"custody" case to that of an average person, as the whole world isn't going to be interested in an ordinary person's business like that! But then, in others, this might prove to be good for Michael, as it might help to expose the truth about the situation to those that are watching more. And if my theories are correct, that can only really work in Michael's favor! lol.

I hope it all gets worked out though. For the kids' sakes..:)
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Post by Cristine87 » Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:22 pm

I seriously pray for Michael. He cannot get a break from legal drama and all of it is people trying to get up in his pockets. It's really very sad! This lady is a real piece of work. I doubt that this has to do with the children, this had to do with Michael and his money. That's what she's after.

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Post by Shannon » Wed Sep 06, 2006 5:39 pm

I pray for Michael and his children. They are his children, she had them for him. She has said so herself many times. I pray this will be sorted out as soon as possible. The children doesn't deserve this at all.
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Post by HeavenSent » Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:21 pm

Debbie's own words makes her look like a damn fool. I am so utterly tired of her and reading about this custody battle..And I'm like everyone else...This is looking less and less like it's for the children's sakes and far more about her getting her financial wants met. It's almost like they don't matter. She's just pawning them.

And you can bet that surprise b-day party they threw for Michael probably sent Debbie into a deep depression. Just knowing how much they need to be with their dad and ONLY their dad, tears her up.
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Post by danaluvsmj » Wed Sep 06, 2006 6:31 pm

It seems sickening that this battle over the kids has to be put out to public scrutiny. These are children, not posessions! This is a matter between Michael and Debbie and is no one else's business.
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Post by Saphster » Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:19 pm

[QUOTE=InspirationMoonwalks]:8-26-03respect:

I for one have said all along that she's doing this just to get back in Michael's life..whether that means personal contact, money, or whatever. Sure, she may have some doubts or regrets about not being there for the kids more..that's only natural, but I still think those things are the main reasons why...

In some ways, it kinda sucks that their business will be out there like this, though. I mean, you can't really fairly compare a celebrity divorce/"custody" case to that of an average person, as the whole world isn't going to be interested in an ordinary person's business like that! But then, in others, this might prove to be good for Michael, as it might help to expose the truth about the situation to those that are watching more. And if my theories are correct, that can only really work in Michael's favor! lol.

I hope it all gets worked out though. For the kids' sakes..:)[/QUOTE]

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Judge Orders Michael Jackson To Pay $60K To Ex-Wife

September 6, 2006

LOS ANGELES -- A judge has ordered Michael Jackson to pay $60,000 to ex-wife Deborah Rowe Jackson to cover her attorneys' fees in their ongoing post-divorce battle. She had sought nearly $200,000.

The judge did not decide on custody issues concerning the couple's children

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Post by whisper » Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:38 pm

Jackson Must Pay for Ex-Wife's Attorney
Michael Jackson must pay $60,000 for ex-wife's attorney in Los Angeles custody case

LOS ANGELES, Sep. 6, 2006


(AP) Michael Jackson must pay $60,000 in attorney fees for his ex-wife as she pursues a custody case against the pop superstar, a judge ordered Wednesday.

Superior Court Judge Robert A. Schnider gave the entertainer until Sept. 28 to meet the order. He did not rule on whether to grant Deborah Rowe visitation rights to the couple's children, Prince Michael and Paris.

Jackson and Rowe did not attend the hearing.

Rowe had sought $195,000 toward her attorney fees but Schnider declined, noting that she had received an $8 million divorce settlement.

"She has millions of dollars, so she should be able to contribute to her own fees," Schnider said.

The amount granted Rowe was reasonable and the judge left open the possibility that she can seek additional fees later, Rowe attorney Eric M. George said outside court.

Rowe, a former nurse for Jackson's dermatologist, married him in 1996 but filed for divorce in 1999 and later gave up custody rights. She asked a judge to reinstate them in 2003 after Jackson had been arrested on child molestation charges.

He was acquitted last year and now lives in Bahrain.

In February, a state appeals court ruled that her parental rights had not been properly relinquished under the law.

Attorneys for Jackson and Rowe were scheduled to meet next Tuesday to discuss settling the custody case.

"Hopefully all issues will be settled," Jackson attorney Michael Abrams said. "In one week, this case may be over."

Jackson also has a third child, Prince Michael II. The boy's mother has not been identified.

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Post by danaluvsmj » Wed Sep 06, 2006 7:47 pm

WTF? Alright, Debbie is really getting on my nerves. Why should Michael pay for her damn lawyer? Grrr lazy ass cow:8-26-03ranting:
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whisper wrote: (AP) Michael Jackson must pay $60,000 in attorney fees for his ex-wife as she pursues a custody case against the pop superstar, a judge ordered Wednesday.
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Rowe had sought $195,000 toward her attorney fees but Schnider declined, noting that she had received an $8 million divorce settlement

"She has millions of dollars, so she should be able to contribute to her own fees," Schnider said.

She is getting TOO greedy.:ohnoyoudidnt

Jackson also has a third child, Prince Michael II. The boy's mother has not been identified.
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Post by MJfan01' » Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:36 pm

She gave up the rights to the children. She really needs to get over herself...
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Post by mysteriousone » Wed Sep 06, 2006 9:26 pm

I'm SICK and TIRED of it ALL! Debbie Rowe needs to move on with her life and leave Michael and the children alone, period! She was spotted dining with Marc Schaffel not so long ago, for petes sake, and you can't tell me, the judge who has ordered Michael to pay for her legals fees, doesn't know about that crook Schaffel! He obviously can't put two and two together! I bet he brought his law degree on ebay! :lol I've heard you can buy just about anything on there!

Well, anyway..I'll leave it for you guys to talk about this :bs because I'm not going to waste my breathe...anymore:uh_uh:

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Post by Violet Flower » Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:25 pm

[QUOTE=HeavenSent]Debbie's own words makes her look like a damn fool. I am so utterly tired of her and reading about this custody battle..And I'm like everyone else...This is looking less and less like it's for the children's sakes and far more about her getting her financial wants met. It's almost like they don't matter. She's just pawning them.

And you can bet that surprise b-day party they threw for Michael probably sent Debbie into a deep depression. Just knowing how much they need to be with their dad and ONLY their dad, tears her up.[/QUOTE]



You said it carla! she's just trying to get herself back into michael's life and personally I think it 's not about the children, she's using them as excuse is what i think. Why Don't she just go and leave them alone and evryone else who is trying to get at mike!:mad:

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Post by Violet Flower » Wed Sep 06, 2006 10:26 pm

[QUOTE=HeavenSent]Debbie's own words makes her look like a damn fool. I am so utterly tired of her and reading about this custody battle..And I'm like everyone else...This is looking less and less like it's for the children's sakes and far more about her getting her financial wants met. It's almost like they don't matter. She's just pawning them.

And you can bet that surprise b-day party they threw for Michael probably sent Debbie into a deep depression. Just knowing how much they need to be with their dad and ONLY their dad, tears her up.[/QUOTE]



You said it carla! she's just trying to get herself back into michael's life and personally I think it 's not about the children, she's using them as excuse is what i think. Why Don't she just go and leave them alone and everyone else who is trying to get at mike!:mad:

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