The children, Sidney, 11, and Justin, 8, have been living with their grandparents, Louis and Juditha Brown, since Simpson was arrested on charges that he killed his ex-wife, Nicole Brown, and her friend, Ron Goldman.
Simpson wanted his kids back after he was acquitted of the double-murder charges in October 1995, but the Browns refused.
The parties couldn't hammer out an agreement during lengthy and bitter pretrial hearings this summer. Those hearings allegedly drained the Browns' finances and left them lawyer-less. There has been no word on who will represent the Browns--there is a sweeping gag order on all parties and anyone else who enters the courtroom.
According to family law attorneys, the Browns--who still have custody of the children for the time being--have little hope of becoming the children's permanent guardians. The law assumes that it is in the best interests of children to have maximum exposure to their natural parents.
In order to keep the kids, the Browns need to prove that Sidney and Justin would be harmed by moving into O.J.'s Brentwood digs. Their case might also be helped if Simpson loses the civil case against him, bolstering their claim that he is an unfit parent and that the children would be safer in their home.
Meanwhile, Simpson will try to show that he's a loving father and that, after their separation, Nicole never had a problem with him seeing the children .