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Melissa Etheridge's Ex Shut Down In Court

7/12/2010 9:20 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Melissa Etheridge's ex, Tammy Lynn Michaels, doesn't need $25,000 immediately since Melissa is footing the bills ... this according to an L.A. County Superior Court judge.

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Tammy's lawyer wanted the judge to order Melissa to immediately pay 25k to his client, whom he claims is destitute.  The lawyer wanted another 25k from Melissa for legal fees, but Melissa's attorney, Neal Hersh, convinced the judge Melissa was paying for everything -- housing, food, schools, the works -- so Tammy's claim that she can't afford to live is bogus.

TMZ broke the story ... Melissa filed to end their domestic partnership, and Tammy then filed, claiming the two were married and she wanted the marriage dissolved.

The next hearing is set for September.

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16.

Boondoggle    

Of course the truth ultimately comes out when they have to provide do***entation to the court. Tammy says she can't even feed her kids, yet it comes out that Melissa is currently paying ALL the bills. She hasn't abandoned anyone financially, and her lawyer was able to prove that to the court.

Melissa should live up to her responsibilities, of course, but she is not a money pit. She is providing and has been since the beginning.

And check the archives of Tammy's blog--it was TAMMY's idea to quit working, not Melissa's. Tammy brought it up, Tammy decided to do it, Tammy did it. Melissa did not ask her to. Tammy needs to be realistic about the choices SHE made as a grown adult.

1462 days ago
17.

tromba    

jdjdjd,

You have some unhealthy issues. Get help.

1462 days ago
18.

tromba    

"She wanted gay marriage equality, she got it!"

What does this mean, homophobe?

1462 days ago
19.

MeToo    

How long were they married? How old is this woman? She needs to get a job. Just because someone is wealthy enough to pay all your bills so you don't need to work while you are married, doesn't mean that you should have your bills paid after you're divorced.

1462 days ago
20.

Gunnergirl    

Gay or not, any divorce is so sad. I hope they can come together on agreeing to do what is best for the children. It is the kids that have so much to bear with their birth situation, they do not need this on top of it. Shame on both of them!

1462 days ago
21.

PhilipMarkum    

MELISSA ETHERIDGE WAS NURSED BACK TO HEALTH BY TAMMY AND WHEN SHE GOT BETTER SHE DUMPED TAMMY - THAT MAKES MELISSA ETHERIDGE A USER AND A LOSER.

1462 days ago
22.

missy    

Tammy deserves a lot of money for having to go down on that fugly Melissa for so many years.

1462 days ago
23.

cynical me    

They were not married, they had a civil union. Tammy just wants money.
Obviously Melissa had to prove she paid for these things she's listed otherwise the judge would have made her pay.
Tammy is just a money hungry twit who should do like everyone else and get a damned job. If she was such a fantastic actress then she should have no trouble getting something.

1462 days ago
24.

jane doe    

Melissa Etheridge should just get it over with a jump head first off the Golden Gate Bridge.

1462 days ago
25.

electriczipper    

I would tyake the one on the right

1462 days ago
26.

Lori    

Either Tammy is telling the truth and Melissa is s***, or Tammy is nuts and Melissa needs to get those little kids away from her. I can't imagine Melissa would leave her children destitute so I am leaning towards Tammy being a bit crazy.

1462 days ago
27.

joe republic    

it's funny to hear two queen's go at each other. how did this hot chick turn to hair pie? as a guy, i love hair pie. i don't get the adam & steve thing. it's so unnatural. just a bunch of sodomite's!

1462 days ago
28.

Larry D. Crumbley    

Hello,
So these idiots thought they were "REALLY" married, and now let me get up from laughing my ass off. What a crock of crap you put up as a story. Why is tis news worthy for TMZ?, so much more to report on and all you can do is report on two lesbians, and there little problems in court. Oh how sweet it must be to live in wacko land out west in California where all the "FOOLS" that they have that they call judges think that they can mandate a way around what a true marriage is. Then you have these two, and well all of this makes me sick enough to puke. PLEASE BOTH OF YOU JUST LEAVE, AND GO AWAY--OKAY!!!!!


Larry D. Crumbley

1462 days ago
29.

deb    

oh no tammy's pissed... could get uglier... this is soooo sad...

1462 days ago
30.

mel    

I see it as if they were/are legally married! They would have been, had it been allowed, and I absolutely believe in gay marriage. Melissa was obviously the money-maker, and they have children together. Now that they are "divorcing" by realistic means, I think divorce, alimony, and child support laws should apply! Just cause suddenly you found a loop-hole, and you marriage wasn't "really" legal", doesn't mean you can get away with what dead-beat dads and dead-beat husbands do!!!!!

1462 days ago
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