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Toronto-area family law lawyer Andrew Feldstein talks to Canada AM about the best interests of the late Michael Jackson’s three children in the wake of the sudden 8-day disappearance of grandmother guardian Katherine Jackson.
“The one thing that would be most important after they’ve lost their father would be having a stable home. What they’re having is anything but a stable home.” Feldstein told CTV’s Marci Ien.
“The question really is, what’s in the best interests of the children. And the court right now has said that somebody else should be the temporary guardian, because its so unusual that a guardian would just disappear,” he adds.
What will be interesting, Feldstein explains, is if Katherine Jackson wants to get reappointed as guardian again on a permanent basis, she will have to explain her actions to a judge.
“If I was a judge sitting there, and I’m concerned about the best interests of the children, I’m going to be worried she’s going to do this again and I’m going to want a really good reason to understand why it happened and why it won’t happen again in the future,” he says.
“What they need is to not behave in such a dysfunctional way. The problem is, is that even realistic? Is that a realistic possibility? You’re looking at what’s best for these kids and I tend to think its who’s going to cause the least amount of damage in this situation, because from what you see, what has been positive for these kids? Not much,” he adds.