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Melissa Etheridge's Ex

Files for Custody

7/8/2010 7:50 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Melissa Etheridge's former domestic partner, Tammy Lynn Michaels, has filed legal docs asking for full custody of their twin children.

TMZ broke the story ... Melissa filed for dissolution of their domestic partnership. In Melissa's docs, she filed for joint legal and physical custody.

But now, Tammy has thrown down the gauntlet, asking for full legal and physical custody.  Tammy carried the twins to term, after being impregnated by an anonymous sperm donor.

Tammy, just like Melissa, says in her docs irreconcilable differences as the reason to end their partnership.

Tammy is also asking for spousal support.

Last thing ... it looks like Tammy made a mistake.  She filed a dissolution of marriage rather than a dissolution of domestic partnership.  The two did not qualify to marry during the time that they established their union.


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You're right on the mistake.. WTF kind of attorney is she using...Larry F. Parker??

1567 days ago


Good you know what it is like to be legally connected to someone and them have them take 1/2 of everything you own.

Is this really what gay people wanted?

1567 days ago


I hope tammy gets the kids. She ended her career to raise their beautiful children. She is their mother. Melissa should go back to her real love, music. BTW lesbian marriages have a divorce rate 176% higher than the national average. I'm just sayin......

1567 days ago

Fire the stupid lawyer! Was she/he trying to make a political statement on gay marriage?

1567 days ago


David Crosby should claim the kids, he would be better for the kids than either of these two...

1567 days ago


Baby momma helped her through her battle with cancer and then Melissa dumps her. Probably has a new chick. melissa's music sucks really bad.

1567 days ago


Good! I see Tammy has finally stepped up to the plate, and I hope to God she hits a home run!
If Melissa is expecting partial custody of the twins, she should have been generously supporting Tammy up to this time. You'd think that any judge could see that. I wish you the best, Tammy, and I hate people who bash you for telling the truth on your blog. You go, girl!!!! Barbara

1567 days ago


|That's why you don't marry unless you are truly committed to each other. Gay or Straight its suppose to be a bond for life, not just cause it was a good thing at the time,that's why some people live together for a long time. I am 42 an never been married,but i live with my boyfriend for 17yrs. Marriage is a big step to take and a commitment not to take lightly.

1567 days ago

tmz love    

Marvin Gay's father would make a better parent than these 2 wackjobs.

1567 days ago


they're both guilty of terrible taste in eyewear.

1567 days ago


And, what is going on with Melissa's other two children? Does she see them? They should look there to decide whether she should have joint custody of these two.

1567 days ago


The Lee Sisters; Ug & Lee

1567 days ago


Hooray for Tammy!!! I hope you get full custody and spousal support!

1567 days ago


Melissa Etheridge was married to Kelly Taylor from 90210?

1567 days ago


I hope Tammy gets every dime she deserves and the children. Melissa has to many children by to many women, she needs to take care of the ones she has and stop hurting people.

1567 days ago
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