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The prerogative here is a fast divorce.

Sorry. The long-overdue dissolution of Whitney Houston and Bobby Brown was approved on Wednesday and will become final on April 24.

In addition, Orange County, Calif., Judge Franz E. Miller awarded custody of the couple’s 14-year-old daughter, Bobbi Christina Brown, to Houston.

Alicia Etheredge with Bobby Brown
(Allen Berezovsky)

Brown, 40, and Houston, 43, have been married for 14 years, some of which were not so bad.

At times dabbing her eyes with a tissue during the court session, Whitney Houston testified that she did not require spousal or child support and that Bobbi Kristina could not depend on her father.

“He’s unreliable,” Houston said of Brown. “If he says he’s going to come, sometimes he does. Usually he doesn’t.”

Yes, calling Bobby Brown unreliable is like calling the sky blue, Sanjaya Malakar an awful singer or Kristin Cavallari hot. But we understand Whitney’s point.

Houston declined to comment to reporters after the hearing. Attorney Ram Cogan, representing Brown (who did not attend the hearing, really driving Houston’s point home), will file a petition on behalf of his client to overturn the judge’s decision.

Whitney Houston filed for legal separation from Bobby Brown on September 8, and then filed for divorce in mid-October.

On December 28, she requested a default judgment to fast-track the dissolution of the marriage.

Since their separation, Houston has been recording a new album with J Records president Clive Davis in Los Angeles. And possibly doing the nasty with Ray J.

Brown, meanwhile, has kept a low profile after being seen last fall along with Mekhi Phifer and Stacey Dash on the Los Angeles film set of Nora’s Hair Salon II. But just days after the split from his wife, Brown told People, “I’m really saddened by the whole situation.”

On February 25, Brown was arrested and jailed in Massachusetts after failing to appear in court and pay child support fines. He owed money to ex-girlfriend Kim Ward, who lives in Massachusetts and with whom he has two teen children: LaPrincia and Bobby III.

He was released after paying $19,150 and spending three nights in the Norfolk County jail. No word on whether Karrine Steffans posted bail.