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Katherine Jackson headed to court over guardianship issues

August 2, 2012 |  7:45 am

Katherine Jackson

Katherine Jackson is expected to return to court Thursday to ask to be reinstated as co-guardian of Michael Jackson's children, alongside her grandson T.J.

The son of the Jackson Five's Tito, 34-year-old T.J. has helped his grandmother care for the three children since their father's 2009 death. In a statement Friday, a lawyer for Katherine Jackson said that after meeting with him and the children, she concluded it was in the family's best interests for him to stay on as a guardian.

The joint arrangement "will essentially now legally reflect how Mrs. Jackson and T.J. have often shared responsibilities of raising the children since Michael Jackson's tragic passing," lawyer Perry R. Sanders Jr. wrote.

Under the arrangement, T.J. Jackson would oversee the children's schooling as well as the household staff and security, while Katherine Jackson would keep control of the children's financial allowance from their father's estate, according to the statement.

"She is eager to simply enjoy her great relationship with these children, while deeding over some of the stressors that go hand in hand with being a guardian," Sanders wrote.

The family has been embroiled in drama for the last couple of weeks, including allegations that the elderly matriarch had been kidnapped by relatives.

Last week, Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff, acting on his own initiative, instructed a probate court investigator to prepare a report "addressing the status of the minor children" and their grandmother.

In his one-page order, Beckloff directed investigator Cary Ornelas "to interview the children at their school on an unannounced basis" and deliver a written report directly to him.

"The report shall be provided to the court only and shall not be disseminated to any parties," he wrote.

On Wednesday, Jermaine Jackson issued a statement saying he wanted to offer an "olive branch" and begin healing in the family.

"Enough has become enough," he said. "After much soul-searching, it is clearly time for us to live by Michael's words about love not war. In this spirit, I offer this statement by way of extending an olive-branch."


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Photo: Katherine Jackson, in 2011 during Dr. Conrad Murray's manslaughter trial, is expected back in court Thursday regarding the guardianship of her son Michael Jackson's children. Credit: Nick Ut / Associated Press