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TJ Jackson Granted Permanent Co-Guardianship of Michael Jackson Kids

Dave J Hogan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- A California judge Wednesday made Tito "TJ" Jackson permanent co-guardian of Michael Jackson's children along with their grandmother Katherine, but not without some unexpected drama.

A woman claiming to be the cousin of Michael Jackson showed up in court Wednesday to ask the judge to delay the appointment of TJ Jackson as permanent co-guardian of the singer's children.

Despite a plea from the woman, Debra Jackson, Judge Mitchell Beckloff granted TJ Jackson the motion to share guardianship with Michael's mother, Katherine Jackson, of the three children.

The judge made the ruling after also considering a letter submitted by singer Diana Ross, in which the singer said she has met TJ and thinks he has good intentions in caring for Michael's kids.

Beckloff said Ross mentioned in the letter that she is very interested in what happens with the children and that she takes her role in the will as the next guardian in line very seriously.

Earlier, Beckloff heard from Debra Jackson, who arrived with her adult son Anthony Jackson, whom she says the singer helped raise after Anthony's father died. Earlier, Debra and Anthony Jackson submitted a letter to the court expressing their concerns with appointing TJ co-guardian.

Debra Jackson told the judge that she and her son were abruptly cut off from the lives of Michael's three children and that their relationship with the kids had been curtailed. Debra said that not allowing a relationship between her son and Michael's children is "cruel and not in their best interest and well-being."

She described an incident at a birthday party for one of the children in which she and Anthony were asked to leave. She said Katherine Jackson was very unhappy with that order and neither Katherine nor the kids wanted them to leave.

Debra added that she's asked several times for an explanation as to why they have been cut off from the children, but she was never given one.

The letter Debra and Anthony submitted to the judge Wednesday was written last year around Christmas time. It's unclear why they waited so long to file the letter.

Beckloff said he had read and taken their letter into consideration, since the two are relatives. However, he added that he has a very good understanding of what's going on with Michael's children based on the report written by his investigator.

"It's clear to me that the children have a very strong, loving relationship with TJ and that they love the grandmother very much," the judge said.

He then granted the motion for permanent co-guardianship to TJ.

The son of Michael's brother Tito Jackson, TJ had been appointed temporary guardian after Katherine Jackson was suspended amid a bitter family dispute over Michael Jackson's estate. Days later, Katherine Jackson was reinstated as guardian and announced she would be seeking joint guardianship with her grandson, TJ.

Responding last month to the announcement, Randy Jackson, one of Katherine's sons, told ABC News that the agreement was based on "lies."

"In order to obtain temporary guardianship, TJ lied to the court. Rebbie, Janet, Jermaine and I would never harm our mother and we are doing our best to protect her and the Estate knows that," Randy said in an exclusive statement to ABC News.

"The same people that are trying to manipulate my mother are the same people that were involved with my brother when he died," Randy said in the statement. "The Estate is trying to isolate my Mother from her family JUST LIKE THEY DID TO MICHAEL, in order to propagate their lies, financial agendas and to protect a fraudulent will."

He concluded his statement with, "It is my fear and belief, that they are trying to take my mother's life."

In court Wednesday, Beckloff asked Katherine's attorney Sandra Ribera if she was being unduly influenced to agree with the new co-guardianship agreement, to which Ribera replied "absolutely not! Ms. Jackson is well informed, makes her own decisions and wholeheartedly supports this arrangement."

The judge also ordered TJ to consider visitation between the kids and Anthony and Debra. However, he told Debra that the final decision lies with the co-guardians.

"You have a right to be heard as relatives, and I'm going to be mindful of what I heard," the judge said. "There have been lots of conflicts within the family, and the duties of the guardians consist of navigating through these conflicts and helping the children maintain important relationships."

Only TJ and the attorneys were present for the hearing. Beckloff had previously excused Katherine and the children from having to appear.

Also not present in court was a woman named Billie Jean Jackson, who claims she is the biological mother of Blanket. Judge Beckloff said she filed a petition requesting guardianship of Blanket and that he scheduled a hearing for the end of September.

TJ's attorney, Charles Shultz, argued that the judge had already found Billie Jean has no biological relationship to Blanket, but Beckloff said he will have to hear her arguments one more time.

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Katherine, TJ Jackson to Request Joint Guardianship

Dave J Hogan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- It looks like Katherine Jackson may get a little help taking care of the grandkids.

A statement released Friday by the Jackson family matriarch's attorney, Perry R. Sanders, declares that early next week, Katherine Jackson and Michael Jackson's children -- Prince Michael, Paris and Prince Michael II -- will file a modified pleading with the court that, if approved, will reinstate their grandmother as their guardian, and also appoint TJ Jackson as co-guardian.

Friday's statement from Sanders asserts that the planned pleading "will essentially now legally reflect how Mrs. Jackson and TJ have often shared  responsibilities of raising the children since Michael Jackson's tragic passing," and will "eliminate concerns such as the ones triggered by the events of the last few days. It will also empower TJ to take  joint legal responsibility for certain day-to-day duties such as the management of household personnel, including security."

However, a source close to the proceedings tells ABC News the arrangement will be slightly different than the statement declares.  "The request, if granted, will continue the judge's current, temporary order that all staffing and security matters will be TJ's responsibility.  All other decisions of day-to-day duties will be joint, with the caveat that the family allowance will continue to be paid through Mrs. Jackson," says the source.

The statement continues, "Mrs. Jackson will then be freed up to focus on the more personal everyday decision making related to the lives and activities of the children. She would also remain in control of the children's family allowance."

On Wednesday, a Los Angeles judge appointed TJ Jackson, the 34-year-old son of Tito Jackson, as the grandchildren's temporary guardian.  The move was prompted by 82-year-old Katherine Jackson's recent long absence as she stayed in Tucson, Arizona, during which time she reportedly had no contact with her grandchildren.  She later claimed she was taking a break and had voluntarily cut off communication.

"Mrs. Jackson is extremely pleased with the prospect of enjoying the pleasure of raising Michael's children without the day-to-day tedium of items such as managing the large staff that goes with such a high-profile family and focus her attention on being a grandmother and raising Michael's children," the statement declares.  "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."

Friday's statement notes that the court-appointed legal representative for Paris, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II confirmed that the proposed change in guardianship reflects the children's wishes.

Late Friday morning, TJ Jackson's attorney filed a petition for TJ to be appointed the permanent guardian for Michael Jackson's kids.  The filing was mandated by the court during Wednesday's proceedings.

Also Friday, Judge Mitchell Beckloff, who presided at last Wednesday's guardianship hearing, ordered a probate court investigator to interview Michael Jackson's children and report to the court on their status, as well as that of Katherine Jackson as their guardian.

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Jackson Family Feud Update: TJ Jackson to File Legal Papers

Dave J Hogan/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- TJ Jackson, the temporary guardian of Michael Jackson’s three children, has a Friday deadline to file a petition for full guardianship of Prince Michael, Paris and Prince Michael II.  The filing of the request is required by law, but it doesn’t mean he will actually seek permanent appointment.

A source close to TJ tells ABC News, “Until [Katherine] Jackson decides what she wants to do, we are doing what is necessary to stay as temporary guardian.” 

A judge this week suspended Katherine Jackson's rights as guardian of the children.  A hearing for full guardianship is set for August 22.

More is also being revealed about what TJ and Michael Jackson's kids told the court when TJ, as the petitioner, applied for temporary guardianship after not hearing from Katherine Jackson, and learning she was with several of her adult children.

According to court papers, "Petitioner and the Minor Children firmly believe that outside forces were prohibiting their grandmother from communicating with them.  The failure to touch base with Petitioner or any of the Minor Children is way out of character for their grandmother.  Petitioner is certain that his grandmother would never voluntarily cease communications with the Minor Children, or himself, and he is very concerned about her well-being."

In other Jackson family feud news, Tanay Jackson, TJ’s half-sister, tells E! News she doesn’t think her 82-year-old grandmother should be guardian of the children anymore. 

“Me, personally, I don't think she should continue watching the kids.  I just feel like she needs to rest.  I feel like she does not need to be under the stress of the whole situation,” Tanay said.

Meanwhile, Trent Jackson, Katherine Jackson's nephew and confidant who reported her missing, is a bit upset with the family matriarch, but furious at the Jackson siblings who took her to Arizona.

Discussing Katherine’s absence, Trent Jackson tells ABC News, “You can’t just leave for 10 days and not have an excuse where you been.” 

Trent says it was “improper” for her to be gone for 10 days and not call the grandkids.  Still, he blames the Jackson siblings, saying, “If they cared they never would have put her in a position like that.”

Trent reveals to ABC News that the room the Jackson siblings put Katherine in “had no television, no phone, no communication at all.”  Trent acknowledges that Katherine “loves her Jermaine, her Janet, her Rebbie” and is “gonna put them above us.”

Trent says Katherine “has been bamboozled” and “needs to listen to the voice of reason” and “do the right thing.”

When asked about the physical confrontation at Katherine Jackson's Calabasas, Calif., home earlier this week, Trent said he never expected that to happen.  Regarding the recent actions of the Jackson siblings, Trent tells ABC News that Prince told him they have been “planning this since my dad died.”

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