After weeks of turmoil within the Jackson family, a judge has officially named TJ Jackson as a co-guardian of the late Michael Jackson’s three children.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Mitchell Beckloff made the ruling on Wednesday, stating that Michael’s nephew will be legally responsible for Prince, 15, Paris, 14, and Blanket, 10, alongside their grandmother Katherine Jackson.
The new guardianship situation came about after Katherine, 82, the children's primary guardian, vanished from her home last month and was reported missing. She later appeared at the Arizona home of her eldest daughter, but the disappearance led to a judge granting TJ Jackson temporary guardianship.
Katherine’s disappearance, along with disputes from several other family members regarding the validity of Michael’s will, had led to questions regarding her competence as a guardian.
However, Katherine’s lawyer, Sandra Ribera, said she is still in the best position to take care of the children and even approved of the judge’s decision to appoint TJ as co-guardian.
"Mrs. Jackson is a well-informed, strong woman who makes her own decisions and can't be influenced by anyone when it comes to these children," she says.