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EXCLUSIVE: Michael Jackson Wanted Children Raised By His Mother Says Attorney

Jun. 27 2009, Updated 12:55 p.m. ET

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Michael Jackson wanted his mother to raise his children if anything ever happened to him, Joe and Katherine Jackson's attorney, Debra Opri reveals to exclusively.

"Katherine will be the custodial parent for the kids. It was understood that Katherine is the best person to take care of the children as she can provide a stable, loving environment for the kids. The children will remain with Katherine, and she should raise them," Opri tells

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Opri began working with Michael's parents during his molestation trial in Santa Maria, California and still continues to work with them.  Opri addressed Debbie Rowe stating, "I believe she surrendered her custodial rights to the children, but I'm sure that this will eventually be heard in court or arbitration."

Opri also says the Jackson family is grieving and that the funeral for Michael will most likely happen within the week.


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