A judge in Los Angeles has granted the mother of pop singing legend Michael Jackson custody of her late son's children.
Under the ruling issued Monday, Katherine Jackson becomes the permanent guardian of the three children, who range in age from seven to 12.
Lawyers for Katherine Jackson and the mother of two of the children, Deborah Rowe, reached an agreement last week on custody issues.
Rowe was awarded visitation rights for the two oldest children. She gave birth to them while married to the pop star in the late 1990s.
During the hearing Monday, the judge turned back a last-minute objection to the custody arrangement from the singer's former dermatologist, Dr. Arnold Klein. Klein's lawyer said his client had a long-standing relationship with the children, but he did not elaborate.
Klein has denied media reports that he is the father of the children.
Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.