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Hearing in Michael Jackson child guardianship case postponed

July 2, 2009 |  3:07 pm

A judge delayed a hearing over guardianship of Michael Jackson’s three children at the request of attorneys for the singer’s mother and ex-wife, court officials said.

Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff postponed the hearing, originally scheduled for Monday, until July 13. A hearing on Jackson’s estate, which was also scheduled for Monday, will go on as scheduled, court spokeswoman Vania Stuelp said.

Attorneys for Katherine Jackson, Michael Jackson’s mother, and for Debbie Rowe, the mother of the singer’s two older children, jointly filed the request asking for the delay, but did not specify why they wanted more time, Stuelp said.

Katherine Jackson filed a petition Monday for guardianship of the children -- Prince Michael Jr. 12; Paris Michael Katherine, 11; and Prince Michael II, 7 -- claiming that they had no relationship with their mother. Beckloff extended the temporary guardianship he granted to Katherine Jackson until the July 13 hearing. The youngest child's mother has never been identified.

Rowe has yet to make a legal move in the guardianship case. Her attorney, Eric George, said he would appear at the hearing on her behalf but he did not know whether his client would ask for custody or to continue to have visitation rights.

--Victoria Kim