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Maybe it's none of our concern whether "Real Housewives of Atlanta" cast member NeNe Leakes should or shouldn't stay with husband Gregg Leakes, but People Magazine apparently wants our input. The celebrity gossip magazine is asking readers to click either, "Yes. They have kids and history," or, "No. Their marriage is beyond repair."

How would we know?

The children of divorce are often stigmatized by potential mates when they begin dating, according to Elizabeth Marquardt, author of the book “Between Two Worlds: The Inner Lives of Children of Divorce,” who wrote a recent column in the Huffington Post.

Children of divorce often were told they were from “broken homes” and treated differently back when divorce was more taboo. But she argues the increasing divorce rate has made them quite ordinary.

Eva Longoria, the 35-year-old star of the hit television show “Desperate Housewives,” has filed for divorce from estranged husband and professional basketball player Tony Parker, according to The New York Daily News. The actor “tweeted” the following statement:

“It is with great sadness that after 7 years together, Tony and I have decided to divorce. We love each other deeply and pray for each other’s happiness.”

Tonya Craft, who was acquitted on charges of child molestation, still lost her job as a Chickamauga (Tennessee) kindergarten teacher and lost custody of her children. But after several delays, she finally will have the opportunity to regain full custody as her trial begins, the Rome News-Tribune reported.

She was arrested and charged with 22 counts of child molestation, based primarily on testimony by the alleged victims that turned out to be sketchy at best. Her ex-husband successfully stripped her of legal custody by filing a motion immediately after her arrest.

Phoenix Suns star point guard Steve Nash, a two-time NBA most valuable player, announced that he and wife Alejandra Nash are calling it quits, the Associated Press reported. The timing was a bit awkward, though, since he announced the news one day after the birth of their third son, Matteo.

The basketball star said in a statement that he and Alejandra Nash have been living apart for several months, so at least it’s not a surprise to her.

The Atlantic reported on the Huffington Post’s new “Huffpost Divorce” section, providing a quick review of the new site within a site. The site seems to focus on celebrity divorces and custody disputes but also provides some pop culture references and even a few expert columns pertaining to family law topics.

Author and screenwriter Nora Ephron is the site’s editor and is billed by Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington as “a fast, fearless, highly interactive guide to the profound changes divorce brings.”

Jesse James, the "Monster Garage" host and onetime husband of Oscar-winning actor Sandra Bullock, is still in a dispute with ex-wife and porn actress Janine Lindemulder, according to the Beverly Hills Courier. Orange County Superior Court Judge David Belz is taking over the case and said he intends to speed things up:

"It's not going to drag on because I'm going to step on the pedal."

Atlanta Journal-Constitution columnist Rex Arul uses President Barack Obama's upcoming diplomatic trip to India as an opportunity to speak out about abductions of U.S. children to the South Asian country. The U.S. has more unresolved parental child abduction cases involving India than any other country besides Mexico, according to the U.S. State Department.

The State Dept. currently is working on more than 100 cases involving U.S. children taken to India by a parent against the will of the other parent; and overall, there has been a 160 percent increase in parental abductions from the U.S. to other countries in the past 10 years.

Martial arts expert and former Michael Jackson bodyguard Matt Fiddes claims he's the biological father of the pop star's son, Blanket, according to the Herald Sun. "Blanket" is the nickname for Prince Michael II, whom Michael Jackson raised as his own son; but Matt Fiddes' announcement casts doubt on the King of Pop's paternity.

He told Australian reporters that he donated sperm for Michael Jackson because the deceased singer feared being killed on stage. He said the singer asked him to look after his children if anything were to happen to him, which still doesn't quite explain the alleged sperm donation.

Sports commentary web site Bleacher Report recently named its "Top 100 Worst Husbands Ever," which isn't just limited to sports figures. Countless other husbands across the country would make this list if they were popular; but they chose to focus on married male celebrities who've let fame go to their heads:

As sports has merged with pop culture which has merged with politics which has merged with traditional concepts of royalty and led to a blending together of all of those concepts, one truth remains vital and self-evident: Men in power can sometimes behave like dogs.

Actor Kelsey Grammer, most famous for his title role in the hit TV series "Frasier," is in the crosshairs of ex-wife Camille Grammer in the wake of their nasty divorce, as reported in The New Jersey Star-Ledger and elsewhere. She said he abandoned her and lied to her about his girlfriend's pregnancy.

She said she learned about her husband's infidelity from a mutual friend while her husband was in New York for a stage production of "La Cage Aux Folles."