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Debbie Rowe plans to attend custody hearing

Debbie Rowe, the ex-wife and biological mother to two of Michael Jackson's three children, has kept a low profile since the singer's death on June 25.

But now that a hearing has been scheduled at Los Angeles Superior Court on July 20 for temporary guardianship of the children, Rowe plans to be seen.

"[Debbie] says that she will definitely be at the custody hearing," says Marc Schaffel, a former business partner of Jackson's and a close friend of Rowe's.

Rowe's children — Prince Michael, 12, and Paris, 11 — have been staying with their grandmother Katherine Jackson at her Encino, Calif., home since the singer's death. Blanket (Prince Michael II), 7, Jackson's youngest child, was born from an unidentified surrogate.

Katherine was named guardian in Jackson’s will, which was revealed last week, and is petitioning the court to keep the children with her. Neither party is required to appear in court, officials say.