TJ Jackson To File Motion Thursday To Be Co-Guardian Of Michael's Kids

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Aug. 1 2012, Published 5:30 a.m. ET

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By Jen Heger - Assistant Managing Editor

TJ Jackson, temporary guardian of Michael Jackson's three children, will formally file a motion in the custody case on Thursday morning, asking a judge to make him permanent co-guardian, along with the kids' grandmother, Katherine Jackson, is reporting.

"Before 10 this morning, Charles Shultz (TJ Jackson's lawyer) will give notice to interested persons that we intend to file a pleading tomorrow regarding co-guardianship. The pleading will speak for itself and be consistent with my prior statement issued on this subject. Tomorrow we will learn the court's pleasure on when and how his honor chooses to handle the request being made tomorrow. No further statements will be made regarding this pleading until subsequent to us learning how the Court wishes to proceed," Katherine Jackson's lawyer, Perry Sanders said in a statement.

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As we previously reported Diana Ross will sign off on a new proposed custody agreement, in which Michael Jackson's three children, Prince, Paris, and Blanket will have two guardians, their grandmother Katherine Jackson and TJ Jackson, son of Tito.

Ross must OK the agreement since Michael stipulated in his will that he wanted the legendary Motown singer to care for the kids, should Katherine not be able to fulfill his wishes.

"Diana has no qualms whatsoever about the new custody agreement, she only wants what is best for the children. Diana knows that the children are old enough to decide who they want to live with and she defers to what they want. While Diana hasn't been a big part of their lives because she lives on the East Coast, she is very fond of them," a source close to the situation previously told us.

Judge Mitchell Beckloff, stripped the Jackson family matriarch of her guardianship of the three children because no one could reach her for more than a week. The judge said he made the ruling not because of any wrongdoing on Katherine's behalf, but because she had been prevented from fulfilling her guardianship duties by an "intentional act from third parties." Judge Beckloff told all parties while in court last week that Diana Ross and Debbie Rowe, mother of the two oldest children, needed to be provided notice of what was transpiring.

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The children have been embroiled in a vicious family struggle for more than a week now as Randy, Jermaine and Janet Jackson battle over the late King of Pop's will, which they claim is fake. Michael's nephew TJ has been a constant presence in the children's lives and their attorney stated in court that they had no objections to him being appointed temporary guardian.

Last Friday, it was announced that Katherine and TJ Jackson, would be petitioning to become co-guardians of the kids. The paperwork is expected to be submitted this week and the judge will have to sign off the proposed agreement.


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