In the divorce Rowe relinquished custody. In another hearing in 2001, she relinquished parental rights. In testimony before the court Rowe said she had little contact with the children and wanted to remain out of their lives.
"I did it for him to become a father, not for me to become a mother. You earn the title parent. I have done absolutely nothing to earn that title," she told the court.
When lawyers asked if she had "ever considered the possibility if Michael should die, what would happen to the children," Rowe says she trusts Jackson to pick an appropriate guardian.
"I'm sure he has a wonderful person in mind to take care of them," she told the court.
Despite her absence in the children's lives, Rowe regained parental rights, and legal experts say her biological relationship to the children gives her a valid claim to seek custody.
"Biology is very, very important," Judge Stephen Lachs -- the judge who restored Rowe's parental rights in 2003 -- told ABCNews.com.
"It's a very important factor when considering custody. But it's only one thing. When a judge looks at the best interest of children, you have to look at all the factors," he said.
"A judge is going to look at everything, including if there were settlements and how much they were for," he said.
Court documents, obtained by Web site TMZ, from a custody hearing that ended in 2005 but pertained to the couple's 1999 divorce, spelled out what has long been assumed: Rowe received a hefty settlement to stay out of the children's lives.
In the hearing, Jackson's lawyer, Thomas Hall, told Lachs that Rowe received up to $5 million upfront and an additional $900,000 for several years.
"Mr. Jackson was under an agreement with petitioner [Rowe] here, which he was to pay her -- did pay her about $4 [million] or $5 million up ront, gave her a mansion in Beverly Hills, and then was to pay $900,000 a year for a number of years if she abided by agreement terms," Hall told the court.
Rowe has said that she was artificially inseminated, but has never commented on who is the biological father of the children, leading some to speculate that it is not Jackson.
The children appear to have white skin and features.
Jackson had a third child, 7-year-old Prince Michael II, known as Blanket. The boy was conceived using an anonymous surrogate, whose name has never been disclosed.