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TJ Jackson, nephew of Michael Jackson and son of Tito Jackson, has been granted temporary guardianship of MJ's three children, TMZ reports.

Katherine Jackson, the children's grandmother, has been temporarily stripped of her guardianship. Earlier in the week, Katherine was reported missing by a family member. She was later located by police in Arizona with another family member, according to Fox News.

On Saturday, a 13-month-old Fulton County boy was brought into Piedmont Newman Hospital after reportedly ingesting cocaine, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. Now, authorities are looking for the toddler's grandma and her boyfriend.

Police believe that the cocaine belonged to the couple. Ebony Daniel and Charlie Martin have been charged with possession of cocaine, cruelty to children in the first degree, and reckless conduct. Active warrants have been issued for their arrests.

On Sunday, a Cobb County mom was arrested after her 3-year-old son was found wandering a parking lot while the woman slept, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

Shea Walker reportedly fell asleep after taking medicine for a migraine. While she napped, her toddler decided to get some air. Now Walker is facing charges for contributing to the deprivation of a minor.

WWE wrestler John Cena's turbulent divorce battle may have finally come to an end, TMZ reports.

According to Elizabeth Cena's attorney, Raymond Rafool, the couple has managed to work things out and reach a settlement agreement. Cena filed for divorce back in May, but things got ugly soon after.

It looks like Terrell Owens won’t be going to jail after all.

Last Thursday, T.O. failed to show up to a child support hearing in Atlanta. The judge in the case warned Owens' attorney that if the former NFL star was absent at the rescheduled hearing, he could face jail time. Fortunately, T.O. made it to court today, paid off the back child support, and reached an agreement with Melanie Paige Smith, the mother of his 7-year-old daughter, The Associated Press reports.

A good chunk of our posts have dealt with professional athletes who've fallen behind on their child support payments. However, not all pro athletes are deadbeat dads.

Former Atlanta Hawks guard Joe Johnson recently signed a $126-million contract with the Brooklyn Nets. Now, he wants to ensure that his son gets a piece of it. Johnson has filed paternity documents in Georgia court to establish himself as the legal father of his 5-year-old son, TMZ reports.

Terrell Owens is no stranger to child support disputes. Last year, an arrest warrant was issued after T.O. failed to make his child support payments.

Now, Owens has gotten off on the wrong foot with Judge John Goger, after failing to show up to an Atlanta hearing for one of his child support cases, ESPN reports. Owens is reportedly $20,000 behind on his child support payments and could face jail time.

The drawn-out child custody battle between Usher and his ex-wife Tameka Foster may finally be coming to an end.

According to TMZ, Usher has opted to take the high road and settle the custody dispute in the wake of a Lake Lanier accident that left Tameka's son brain dead. Usher has reportedly softened his terms and is now willing to grant Tameka a majority of custody and increased child support payments.

Many experts have attributed TomKat’s speedy divorce to a prenuptial agreement the couple signed. Prenups can help celebrities safeguard their fortunes in case of divorce. However, they’re also a great tool for anyone to use.

A prenuptial agreement can help you establish the financial rights of you and your spouse in divorce, protect a family business, or allow you to avoid a messy, drawn out divorce battle. However, prenups have to be done right. Below, we’ve included five reasons why a prenuptial agreement may be deemed invalid and thrown out in court.

Former Atlanta Falcons wide receiver Andre Rison has been ordered to pay $322,992 in child support restitution, The Associated Press reports.

In April, the former NFL star pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor child support violation. In addition to the restitution payments, Rison was sentenced to 5 years' probation.

The estranged husband of 'Basketball Wives' star Jennifer Williams has been slapped with a child support claim, TMZ reports.

According to the complaint, former NBA star Eric Williams allegedly had a secret child with Tavia Serena Cannon in 2011. Now Cannon wants child support from Williams.

Earlier in the week we covered the TomKat split and discussed Katie Holmes' request for sole custody of the couple's daughter, Suri. Scientology is widely reported to be at the heart of the matter. Sole legal custody would give Holmes the right to choose any religious instruction Suri will receive.

However, the problem isn't specific to TomKat or Scientology. What happens when a Christian parent and a Hindu parent divorce? What about a parent who's Jewish and a parent who's an atheist? Who gets to decide what religious tradition the children are raised in?

Two more Georgia parents have been accused of leaving their small children home alone while they went out drinking, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.

According to authorities, Sean Wayne Grussing and Courtney Rene Tench left their 6-day-old baby and 22-month old boy home alone when they went to a friend's house to drink. Both Grussing and Tench have been charged with two misdemeanor counts of contributing to the deprivation of a minor. Tench, who's 18, has also been charged with underage drinking.

With the recent announcement of Tom Cruise and Katie Holmes’ divorce, many people are left wondering, “What went wrong with TomKat?”

On top of that, Holmes has requested sole legal custody of the couple’s daughter, Suri, Fox News reports. Generally, sole legal custody is only granted when one spouse is deemed unfit as a parent. Is Holmes alleging that Cruise’s deep ties with Scientology make him unfit to parent Suri?