A hearing on the temporary guardianship of Michael Jackson's children is likely to happen sometime soon and T.J. Jackson may be applying to be their guardian. The 32-year-old cousin of Prince, Paris, and Prince Michael II (also known as Blanket) is having his attorney draft papers asking for temporary guardianship.
The executors of Michael Jackson's estate are also filing for temporary guardianship after the disappearance of Katherine Jackson. The matriarch's home was invaded by Michael's siblings and the kids were removed from the home for their safety.
Katherine Jackson is the legal guardian for the children. But her current disappearance means she may lose that role.
After Michael Jackson passed away, Katherine was appointed to care for the children until they turn 18.
A guardian looks after the children's personal and financial affairs and is available to care for them. Katherine has been fulfilling that role but her absence has raised questions of who is looking after Michael Jackson's children.
Her disappearance is likely what motivated the executors of Michael Jackson's estate to start filing for a temporary guardianship. T.J. Jackson may also be preparing for a temporary guardianship motion in response to the family drama or in response to the executor's plans to file.
A temporary guardian takes over the guardian's duties for a set period of time determined by a court. The temporary guardian can then transition to permanent guardian is the court approves the request.
In some cases, filing a temporary guardianship application is an emergency move. Filing for permanent guardianship can take a while so the temporary filing establishes guardianship during the emergency.
Becoming a temporary guardian is not an easy task or something to be taken lightly. If T.J. Jackson does file a motion and succeed, he'll have a lot of responsibility caring for three children. As a dad with kids of his own, he should know what he's getting himself into.
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