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Melissa Etheridge

Fighting Ex Lover

Over EVERYTHING

9/23/2011 5:30 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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If Melissa Etheridge says tomato, Tammy Lynn Michaels says tomato -- well, this probably has more impact when you say it ... but the two former lovebirds are about to engage in a lesbian battle royale in court.

TMZ has obtained legal docs, which draw the battle lines in the break-up of their 9-year relationship that produced twins.

According to the docs, Melissa claims she's at loggerheads with Tammy over the following issues:

-- Child custody
-- Visitation
-- Child support
-- Spousal support
-- Division of property
-- Attorney's fees

But wait ... there's more ... Melissa and Tammy are even arguing over whether they were actually married.  Tammy says they were (which would entitle her to all sorts of financial goodies) while Melissa says their vows were nothing more than a non-binding commitment ceremony. 

Thus proving ... gay doesn't always mean happy.

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1.

GregSr    

The reason given for the divorce was "irreconcilable similarities".

1124 days ago
2.

Claire.f.lawler    

This should read "married doesn't always mean happy." Why are we so caught up on the gay issue?

1124 days ago
3.

Strokadellic    

I hope they both lose for being bitches.

1124 days ago
4.

Sociopaths are Sad    

They don't have 2 daughters. They have a son and a daughter. Tammy's a bit of a leech.

1124 days ago
5.

Cartman    

I thought homosexual couples were supposed to show the dirty hetero's how it's done.

Bottom line: none of us will find love in this world and that is beautiful.

1124 days ago
6.

janet    

Want it, got it. So what's the problem.

1124 days ago
7.

John Basedow    

if i see anymore gay, lesbian or transgender stories on tmz i think my heads going to explode. jesus, enough is enough already.

1124 days ago
8.

Jackie    

LOL...as if it's a big deal..people get divorced daily.

1124 days ago
9.

Professor Chaos    

Melissa seems like a real b*tch. Hopefully her cancer comes back.

1124 days ago
10.

two cents    

Isn't it great that gays can get married. Now they, too, can go through bitter divorces where lawyers get all the money. LOL Idiots. They should have just left it alone where they could just walk away, but noooo...

1124 days ago
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lalalalalalalalalalalalalalalala!    

Yes, Melissa, you want equal rights, and I think everyone deserves that. Those of us that are heterosexuals are considered married under common law if we had done any of the things you and your common law wife accomplished. PAY UP!!!! Plus you have children...

1124 days ago
12.

laura    

wow what a piece of work, you cannot have it both ways Melissa, gay rights until it's not convenient.

1124 days ago
13.

AreUCrazy    

The gay community want legal rights to be married (which I'm all for).. but when it ends in divorce then they say it wasn't legal it was a non-binding commitment ceremony.

1124 days ago
14.

RonBurgundy    

Any word on who gets to keep the strap-on?

Ethridge probably keeps a travel size in her car for emergencies...

1124 days ago
15.

hmmmm    

egual rights....take that lesbo to the cleaners for everything she got.....woohoo

1124 days ago
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