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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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61.

trinity911    

Etheridge should be held to the same legal obligations that two divorcing heterosexuals would bound to. I do not oppose gay marriage, though why on earth they would want to get married is beyond me. But since she did, it's time to walk the walk, step up, and be responsible not only to the children, but to their mother, since Tammy has been in the caretaker role prior to the split.

1518 days ago
62.

jane doe    

CALIFORNIA is a COMMUNITY PROPERTY STATE and whether by marriage/common-law marriage/domestic partnership/commitment ceremony/palimony, Tammy is entitled to 50% of Melissa's earnings during their SEVEN YEARS together (just ask Kevin Federline!).

Tammy was there for Melissa during the heartache of Julie Cypher, BREAST CANCER, and childbirth. Tammy is NOT disposable, to be traded in for a new, younger woman. Tammy didn't jump ship when is appeared Melissa might die from cancer. What happened to "FOR BETTER OR WORSE"?

MELISSA, **** Y O U *** S U C K **** DO YA THINK THE NEW GALPAL WILL HANG IN THERE IF/WHEN YOUR CANCER RETURNS? We shall see!

1518 days ago
63.

jane doe    

#77 - I AGREE!

1518 days ago
64.

Brigham Young    

ditto...

1518 days ago
65.

Farley    

#2 is right.

It was David Crosby. They had him tested and everything for drugs and disease before they accepted the donation. Don't you remember the magazine cover with the naked kids? (which I thought was a little much for a magazine cover..anyway!)

At any rate. It figures. No relationship lasts.

1518 days ago
66.

Hal Wood    

Melissa shouldn't have any claim to the kid. Biologically, Tammy is the only mom. You can only have one.

1518 days ago
67.

truth hurts    

Why do these people want to get married??? This is really stupid...all marriage is stupid.

1518 days ago
68.

snodgrass    

**** that. Etheridge needs to pay support and under California law, her wife is entitled to half of what Etheridge made during the marriage, right?
Pay up you cheating slob of a woman!
You wanted your ****ing "rights", you have the right to pay her alimony and child support, bitch.

1518 days ago
69.

GregSr    

The real reason for the divorce is "irreconcilable similarities."

1518 days ago
70.

shoelace    

ok, so these gay people FOUGHT and FOUGHT and threw a big friggin fit to be able to get married, and now... this is the 2nd couple i know to "get divorced"

i work in customer service on the phone, and a lady called said she was going thru a divorce and wanted to take off the other lady on the account, i wanted to say... you've got to be kidding me!!

1518 days ago
71.

lolafilana    

Funny, the anti-gay people commenting here are using one of the stupidest arguments I've heard yet. Ugly breakups, custody fights, one side not wanting to give the other support? That's what goes on in heterosexual divorces! Either ban all marriage or let everyone get married. Gays are just as prone to making good and bad decisions as heterosexuals.
Posted at 5:42 PM on Jul 2, 2010 by Carl


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Right on Carl!


In about 15 years we will all see how the generation of children raised by gay/lesbians are really affected...LOL GOD help us all:)
Posted at 4:41 PM on Jul 2, 2010 by Proud2BeFemale
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ProudtoBFemale, you are an idiot.

1518 days ago
72.

Mr. Bate    

Which one is daddy? OINK!

1518 days ago
73.

skid    

HOMO`s should not have kids.period.

1518 days ago
74.

idlewild    

Shame on you Melissa. You are not the woman I thought you were. Tammy gave up her career to be your wife and take care of your kids. People break up, fair enough, but do the right thing. No financial support? Really? is this because she spoke her truth in her blog. Isn't that what you've been advocating for years. Or does that just apply to the mighty Melissa. You will never find happiness while you treat people like this. Tammy my heart goes out to you. The Zonies remember you with affection and are with you now

1518 days ago
75.

jon    

The children do not belong to Etheridge they belong to Tammy.
Tammy was the one who was impregnated.
Melissa Etheridge is the one Tammy was controlled by.
Etheridge is trying to steal the kids.

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