NPR logo

Complex Custody Issues Over Jackson's Children

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/106281298/106281270" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript
Complex Custody Issues Over Jackson's Children

Law

Complex Custody Issues Over Jackson's Children

Complex Custody Issues Over Jackson's Children

  • Download
  • <iframe src="https://www.npr.org/player/embed/106281298/106281270" width="100%" height="290" frameborder="0" scrolling="no" title="NPR embedded audio player">
  • Transcript

Michael Jackson's ex-wife, Debbie Rowe, may petition a court to be declared the legal guardian of his three children. Rowe is the mother of Jackson's two oldest children; his third child was conceived by a surrogate mother whose identity has never been made public.

A custody hearing that had been scheduled for Monday has been postponed for a week at the request of lawyers for Rowe and Jackson's mother, Katherine, who has temporary custody of the children. Legal experts say that when the hearing occurs, the court is likely to be faced with a number of issues with little precedent.

Host Liane Hansen speaks with Mark Patt, a California attorney who specializes in family law, about some of the unusual legal circumstances surrounding who gets custody of Michael Jackson's children.

We no longer support commenting on NPR.org stories, but you can find us every day on Facebook, Twitter, email, and many other platforms. Learn more or contact us.