Debbie Rowe Plans to Attend Jackson Custody Hearing
07/11/2009 AT 03:50 PM EDT
But now that a hearing has been scheduled at Los Angeles Superior Court on July 20 for temporary guardianship of the children, Rowe plans to be seen.
"[Debbie] says that she will definitely be at the custody hearing," says Marc Schaffel, a former business partner of Jackson's and a close friend of Rowe's.
Rowe's children – Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11 – have been staying with their grandmother Katherine Jackson at her Encino, Calif., home since the singer's death. Blanket (Prince Michael II), 7, Jackson's youngest child, was born from an unidentified surrogate.
Katherine was named guardian in Jackson’s will, which was revealed last week, and is petitioning the court to keep the children with her. Neither party is required to appear in court, officials say.
Reporting by CHAMP CLARK