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Jackson children deal 'in sight'
Michael Jackson and Debbie Rowe
Rowe and Jackson divorced in 1999 citing irreconciable differences
Michael Jackson is close to resolving a legal dispute with ex-wife Debbie Rowe over visitation rights to their children, the singer's lawyer has said.

In an agreement signed in 2001, Ms Rowe waived all access rights to her two children with Mr Jackson - Prince Michael, eight, and Paris, seven.

But a judge made the order void at her request in 2004.

Mr Jackson's legal team is appealing that decision, but attorney Michael Abrams said "a settlement is in sight".

"The resolution will be to everybody's satisfaction," he said. "I'm hoping everybody will go away happy."

However, Ms Rowe's attorney, Iris Finsilver, refused to confirm that an agreement was near, saying: "I wouldn't want to jeopardise anything for the parties."

'Great father'

Deborah Rowe-Jackson - who prefers to be known as Debbie Rowe - divorced the pop star in 1999 after three years of marriage.

In 2004, after Mr Jackson's arrest on child abuse charges, she began legal action against her ex-husband for custody of Prince Michael and Paris.

She subsequently testified during his four-month trial, praising him as a "great father" and saying she hoped to "renew a relationship" with Mr Jackson and her children.

The singer has another child, Prince Michael II, with a woman who has not been publicly identified.

In June, Mr Jackson was acquitted of all child abuse charges made against him.

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