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Paris Jackson's mother becomes co-guardian

Most parents in New Jersey would likely agree that their children have different personalities and different needs. When determining guardianship of a child, it is important to consider the child’s unique personality traits. What is best for one child may not necessarily be the best arrangement for his or her siblings.

Fifteen-year-old Paris Jackson, the daughter of the late Michael Jackson, has been showing signs that she’s still grieving the loss of her father. After his death, she reportedly saw her father’s body firsthand. About a year ago she took several medications and cut herself with a kitchen knife at her late father’s estate. Following this incident, Child Protective Services stepped in to investigate.

Now Debbie Rowe, Paris’ mother, will become her co-guardian, and Paris will move out of Jackson’s estate. She’ll live with her mother on a two-acre horse ranch, which is only about 90 miles away from the Jackson estate. It is unknown whether Rowe had been involved in Paris’ life before this decision was made. Paris’ two siblings, Prince and Blanket, will remain at the Jackson home. Fortunately, Jackson’s fortune is large enough to cover all of the children’s living costs.

Even though Paris is leaving the estate, she will continue to receive $20,000 each moth; in addition, Rowe receives $86,000 a month. When the children reach the age of 30, they are expected to receive large shares of the Jackson fortune, which is worth at least $1 billion and may be as high as $2 billion.

Rowe will share guardianship responsibilities with Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson’s 83-year-old mother. Hopefully, this arrangement will benefit Paris and her mother. When deciding who will care for a child, it is important to consider the child’s special needs. An attorney may be able to help in these circumstances.

Source: New York Post, “Paris Jackson will finally leave her family’s grim estate,” Stacy Brown, Oct. 6, 2013

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