4 Aug 2009

Jackson's mother gets permanent custody of his children

7:29 am on 4 August 2009

A judge in Los Angeles has awarded permanent custody of Michael Jackson's three children to the singer's mother.

Katherine Jackson, 79, has been caring for the children since their father's death.

The BBC reports the ruling follows an agreement with Jackson's ex-wife Debbie Rowe, mother of the two eldest children.

The singer had nominated his mother to raise his children in a 2002 will.

Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff also granted Mrs Jackson a monthly allowance from her son's estate. The amount was not disclosed.

Jackson's children were also approved a monthly allowance which will be reviewed after the same period.

Ms Rowe gave up custody rights to Prince Michael and Paris following her divorce from Jackson in 1999.

She later applied for her access to the children to be reinstated, reaching an agreement with Jackson in 2006.

Under the new custody agreement, Ms Rowe will have visitation rights with the two oldest children and will continue to receive spousal support payments.

The mother of the youngest child, known as Blanket, has never been revealed.

Jackson, 50, died on 25 June. Autopsy results are due to be released this week.