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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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46.

BB    

I can't believe you at TMZ think anyone gives a damn about two nasty, filthy bull dykes getting a divorce. I know Harvey Levin packs the fudge, but do you really need to push this irrelevant stuff down our throats, Mr. Levin?

1388 days ago
47.

efarrell    

I am really freaked out at the Melissa fans on this page. First off, she ain't no fat cow, unless all you folks look in a mirror, how can you judge. Is everyone 130 lbs or less? Doubt it! We do not know what goes on between closed doors. You can not take a rag like this and believe it's all true. They only tell you what they want too. Melissa is a wonderful person who gives of herself to cancer groups, enviromental groups, gay rights issues, and here ya all are slamming her? I'm sure that California has guide lines for child support and that is the rule that will be followed, geesh, grow up folks, Are ya telling me ya ain't ever been divorced before or in a relationship? Give them both a break. You don't walk in their shoes

1388 days ago
48.

Ana    

Contrary to what some people believe- homosexual relationships are the most unstable of personal relationships between adults. I hope that one day even domestic partnerships are over-turned. This is not the way nature intended for humans to live. We are NOT supposed to "couple" with people of the same gender.

1388 days ago
49.

suesch1950    

Melissa should be looking at alimony responsibilities. Tammy carried the two children and it sounds like they were together for at least 7 years. Tammy was with her during her cancer treatments and lovingly took care of her. Melissa decided to end the relationship should be required to provide a lifestyle Tammy has become accustomed to along with child support.

1388 days ago
50.

Bender    

No brainer who gets the kids here.. The REAL mother.
Poor kids will grow up without a father.

1388 days ago
51.

cadreamer    

For all you people saying, "Poor kids...now they don't even have a father" and saying horrible gay-bashing comments. Give me an f-ing break. Why do gay-haters say this crap? (And I am a straight woman, fyi). There are SOOOOOOOOOO many horrible, neglectful men who are dads. `Just as there are a lot of neglectful mothers. Men are not the key to the universe. What kids need is to learn to be loving, kind, good people. They can get that from a man or woman. There are many happy kids of gay parents.

I find it very interesting that gay bashers who use the "ungodly"/"not natural"/"not the way god meant us to have relationships" arguments are SO hateful. They are so full of anger and rage and hate. THAT is ungodly. THAT is not what God would want. So, please don't hide behind your hypocritical beliefs and talk about what's right and wrong when you spread hate & anger around. It's awful and nothing could be further from God.

1388 days ago
52.

Ray    

All the homophobic comments on this site make me sad because obviously no one here has done any research on the subject of same-sex parenting.

In a 20 year study of lesbian couples, researchers found children of those unions scored higher grades, were more socially adjusted and less aggressive and prone to getting into trouble than children of hetrosexual parents.

The Internet use it to back up your positions because most of you were wrong about gays being bad parents.

http://health.usnews.com/health-news/family-health/brain-and-behavior/articles/2010/06/07/kids-with-lesbian-parents-do-just-fine.html

1388 days ago
53.

Superman    

Read the comments, Ray. That "study" was severely flawed! A lot of "researchers" have an agenda and they force (or lie) to get the outcome they want.

1388 days ago
54.

CN    

What a witch mel is..Tammy gets HER kids and some MONEY from Miss ugly ..Who the smell does she think she is..The kids are Tammys and she deserves MONEY after wasting time with her partner..These same sex marriages are NOT going to work..NO NO no..Miss Partner must have done mel wrong..I do not know what she sings 4 real..Never heard the Partner sing

1388 days ago
55.

Ohsowhat    

So let me see if I got this right? She wants custody of kids that aren't biologically her's but doesn't want to give what is basically alimony to the woman she chose to have a commitment to and got used to a certain lifestyle and who nursed her through her cancer struggle? I like her less and less and I was a HUGE Ethridge fan.
If she wants equal rights and right to marry then she should be obligated under the same guidelines of a divorce...you can't pick and choose. What a douche. I feel so bad for Tammy who put her own career on hold for this selfish self-centered ass.

1388 days ago
56.

Tia    

Tammy deserves financial support and full custody

1388 days ago
57.

angeleyes    

As in any union that breaks up - Tammy who is the mother of these children should get child support and alimony from Ms. Ethridge. This was a commited union for 7 years and certainly the laws should require such support to be given to Tammy who will continue raising and caring for the children.
I hope the judge slaps a substantial amount on this payment as well - Melissa - You Stink!

1388 days ago
58.

THIN LIZZY    

Melissa Ethridge is a product od the 60's hippies, those hippies in the Laurel Canyon scene were fake as hell, just like she is. Pretending to support an agenda while subverting it. GOD I HATE HIPPIES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

1388 days ago
59.

Scrantastic    

People who call Melissa a douche need to grow up, she's an amazing woman and singer, have some respect.

1388 days ago
60.

SLH    

So Tammy the partner who was the primary caregiver for Melissa's oldest two children on the weeks that Melissa had them from the beginning of their relationship-who walked with her through cancer in a way that Melissa has described amazing, who continued to care for Melissa's oldest children (and treated them as her own) even after the twins were born, who was the inspiration for several Melissa songs (This is Not Goodbye, I Know I Have Loved You Before, Come on Out Tonight, Secret Agents, I Don't Want to Have a Threesome, and most recently on her new CD Indiana) and who put her acting career on hold to support Melissa's career shouldn't receive spousal support? What? I have been a huge Melissa fan for years and it's been very difficult to believe how callous she has been toward Tammy in this breakup as well as how blatantly dishonest she has been about the entire situation-even though you can never really know what goes on between two people. I hope Melissa is able to take another look at where she is in terms of her spiritual path and have the courage to make whatever changes are needed. Peace and blessings to Tammy, Melissa, and the four children.

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