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Melissa Etheridge

Files to End Relationship

7/3/2010 11:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

TMZ has learned ... Melissa Etheridge has just filed legal documents with the court to formally end her relationship with Tammy Lynn Michaels.

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Etheridge filed a document called a Petition for Dissolution of Domestic Partnership in L.A. County Superior Court.

Etheridge and Michaels were registered as domestic partners in California. They had a commitment ceremony back in 2003.  There were reports they tried to legally marry in 2008 -- during the time when same-sex marriages were permitted in CA --  but they missed the window. 

In the docs, Etheridge cites "irreconcilable differences."

Etheridge is asking for joint custody of the couple's two children.  Their twins were born in 2006, after Tammy was artificially inseminated by an anonymous donor.

Etheridge's lawyer, Judy Bogen, is also asking the judge to reject any possible bid by Tammy to get financial support.

There are reports the couple split back in April.

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Sophia Schweinberger     

Ok, this is what happens between Melissa and Tammy, but what about the twins, they must soffer because Melissa doesn´t want Tammy?

By the way, I think when Tammy keft her carrer it was mutual and consesual with Melissa. And do you think that this public war beteen them is easier to Tammy?

Don´t think so, Melissa must pay to be a responsible person, before get married. Mariage is not only horny, it means responsability and commitment.

1500 days ago
242.

SA    

Quote Sophia Schweinberger "Melissa must pay to be a responsible person"

Did you bother reading what has been posted here and filed with the court? Melissa HAS been paying. She's paid for Tammy's unemployed years while they were together and continues to pay ALL of Tammy's household bills and her rent for the house she and the twins have been living in along with giving Tammy $2,000.00 per month to use for whatever. Geez people, pay attention. I know that you all would like to be kept people after your relationships fail but the reality is, this world does not work that way. One person should never be made to pay fully for the failure of a relationship (unless the failure is due to mental or physical anguish by means of criminal abuse). Melissa is only responsible for her kids. Tammy is an adult and responsible for herself. The children are not suffering as they are being well provided for by Melissa. The only suffering I can think they may have is not being allowed to see their other mom since Tammy is keeping them from Melissa.

1500 days ago
243.

SA    

Whoever the hell you are, "SA", you need professional help or just be locked up. You are dangerous.

Posted at 11:15 PM on Jul 20, 2010 by Faster *****cat

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Hahahahaha, nice try wing nut. No, I am only one person. I'm too lazy to bother to create multiple account like others here do. If anyone agrees with me it's because they don't let hatred blind their opinions and they see clearly what's going on. Melissa has proven that she is indeed taking care of Tammy and the twins. You guys just hate that because you can't persecute her for being irresponsible any more. Buncha mad dogs running in a pack biting for no other reason than you all are miserable in your own lives and love to see others suffer. Nice way to exist in a modern society. (sarcasm)

1500 days ago
244.

yesiam    

faster-----cat and robert idiots are the ones who need the professional help. Dumb and Dumber.

1500 days ago
245.

gloria    

You can't have someone so much younger and a bit of celebrity in her own right.Find some one who will wait at homw and be happy. You have the money for a great life. Find the right partner around your own age. Take Care

1495 days ago
246.

blueangel3540    

The two should try and sort ****e out quickly and quietly. Really it is no ones business but their own. It is like two bitches on heat...

1485 days ago
247.

disgusted    

All of these homophobic comments make me sick. Before you make a nasty judgmental comment, learn how to f-cking spell and write, you dumb shi-s. Melissa will likely end up paying spousal support because that is what the judge will order - because Tammy was not working while she was raising the kids. The length of time will likely be half the length of the domestic partnership. However, Tammy is capable of getting a job, so spousal support may be less than half the length of the domestic partnership. Just because Melissa requested not to pay spousal support does not mean that she will not. Regardless of any other facts, she will be ordered to pay LOTS of child support because she makes a ton of money and Tammy does not work. She will be treated like any other divorcing dad, so get over yourselves you hateful homophobic idiots.

1475 days ago
248.

Sin1Sation    

How bout them COWBOYS

805 days ago
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