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Debbie Rowe considering whether to seek custody of Michael Jackson's children, attorney says

June 29, 2009 |  4:26 pm

Debbie Rowe, the mother of Michael Jackson’s two older children, is considering whether to seek custody or continued visitation rights, her attorney told The Times on Monday.

Attorney Eric George said Rowe wants what is best for the children and will decide within the next several days how to respond to Katherine Jackson’s petition for temporary custody.

Rowe initially signed a contract with Michael Jackson giving up her parental rights but later hired George to challenge it. An appeals court threw out the contract in 2006, ruling that Rowe remained the legal parent of the two children. Jackson retained custody, and Rowe obtained visitation rights.

Legal records show that Rowe was the genetic mother of the two children but do not indicate whether Jackson was their biological father. Rowe, who has been described as devastated over Jackson's death, could not be reached for comment.

Earlier today, an L.A. judge granted Jackson's mother, Katherine, temporary custody of his three children.

— Maura Dolan in San Francisco