MICHAEL JACKSON's mother KATHERINE and the King of Pop's ex-wife DEBBIE ROWE have negotiated a deal to give the superstar clan matriarch full custody of her three grandchildren, according to her lawyer.
The Thriller hitmaker's kids Prince Michael, 12, Paris, 11, and seven-year-old Prince Michael II, aka Blanket, have been left in the care of their grandmother Katherine since the sudden death of their father last month.
Katherine Jackson and Rowe - the biological mother to the singer's two eldest children - were expected face each other in court tomorrow to fight out a custody arrangement.
However, the 79 year old's lawyer, L. Londell McMillan, reveals the pair has reached an agreement which will see Katherine become the youngsters' legal guardian, while Rowe will receive visitation rights.
In an interview on U.S. TV on Thursday morning, McMillan confirmed a deal had been made between the women, and insisted Rowe would not challenge the agreement in court.
He added that she will not receive any money as part of the deal.
McMillan said, "It's an agreement... for the best interests of the children. This is not a money deal.
"All of the parties are resolved. There is no situation better for these children than for them to be raised and reared in the loving care of Mrs. Katherine Jackson."
Both parties are scheduled to appear in Los Angeles Superior Court on Monday, when a judge is expected to sign off on the custody agreement.
Jackson's will, which was filed in 2002, stipulates he wanted his mother to care for his children in the event of his death, and names singer Diana Ross as his second-choice guardian.
The youngest of the late singer's children, Blanket, was born via an unknown surrogate.