Jackson Ex Seeks to Visit Their Children
Jackson attorney, Thomas Hall, tells Reuters that his client is preparing an appeal of a recent decision by a retired judge and asks that details of the case be kept sealed, given that details of Jackson's assets and liabilities are contained in court documents.
Hall also made the point that Rowe's filing is separate from Jackson's criminal case on child-molestation charges in Santa Barbara County.
In Wednesday's hearing, Rowe's attorney Iris Finsilver, reportedly opposed the request for the appeal that Jackson is seeking. Judge Robert Schnider said the case will resume Feb. 2.
Rowe and Jackson were married in 1996 in Sydney, Australia, after they announced that Rowe, who worked as a nurse for Jackson's plastic surgeon, was carrying his child, Prince Michael, who is now 7. Their other child, Paris, was born a year later. Both live with Jackson.
In 2001, Rowe surrendered all parental rights but applied for custody of the children in 2003, after which both sides agreed to have retired Superior Court Judge Stephen Lachs preside over the case.
Lachs denied custody as well as voided the order that ended Rowe's parental rights. Rowe responded by seeking, among other conditions, "settlement" terms with Jackson, Reuters reports. Her demands were denied by Lachs, court documents state.