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Melissa Etheridge's Ex-GF

I Can't Live on $23,000 a Month!

4/9/2012 2:23 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Melissa Etheridge
's ex-GF Tammy Lynn Michaels claims she's barely scraping by on the $23,000 a month Melissa currently pays her in partner and child support -- and now, she wants a massive raise ... this according to new court docs obtained by TMZ.

Tammy just filed the papers in the couple's infamously bitter separation claiming Melissa makes roughly $177,882.00 PER MONTH ... and got Tammy accustomed to an extravagant lifestyle while they were together ... so the $23k is incredibly unfair.

Tammy -- a former actress -- also claims she has "virtually no savings" and would need "extensive retraining" if she were to rejoin the workforce.

Tammy claims Melissa is also brainwashing the kids -- training them to be emotionally distant and rude to Tammy ... and now they won't even give her a hug. 

Tammy also accuses Melissa of cursing around the children -- including one instance ... when she told Tammy to "get the f**k off my back" in front of the kids. According to Tammy, Melissa also refuses to let the kids get vaccinated.

As for the reason behind the mudslinging -- Tammy and Melissa are headed into a settlement conference in May to determine support and custody issues ... so it's important for Tammy to demonstrate she's the better mom.

On top of increased support, Tammy also wants Melissa to pay her $120,000 legal bill. Calls to Melissa were not returned.

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bring back recent posts    

....wow..makes that much a month..must be niiiiiiice...lol

876 days ago
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Duchess    

How does TMZ get these pics with just the right look?

876 days ago
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Sheila Shigley    

Two lesbians fighting! Hahahahaha...

876 days ago
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Dr Hardwicke    

I know many wonderful gay people so this is not some ignorant hater making a comment, but I do have to laugh at how hard they have pushed to be able to get married and I love it because they shouldn't be any happier than a hetrosexual married couple. NOW THEY CAN HAVE THE THRILLS OF BEING IN A DIVORCE COURT You asked for it Don't Cry Now.

876 days ago
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Rico Suave    

"Tammy just filed the papers in the couple's infamously bitter separation claiming Melissa makes roughly $177,882.00 PER MONTH ... and got Tammy accustomed to an extravagant lifestyle while they were together ... so the $23k is incredibly unfair.

Tammy -- a former actress -- also claims she has "virtually no savings" and would need "extensive retraining" if she were to rejoin the workforce."

Wow. Bitch about things much? Their life together is over and she is just pissed about how much money the other makes. No wonder they aren't together anymore. Good grief!

876 days ago
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Jay W.     

Hey Melissa I'm a lesbian in a mans body. Let's go out.


23,000 isn't enough to live on... hey Tammy, F..K off !

876 days ago
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Katers    

Listen up, both of you. Have either of you NO CLUE what 23K would BUY for disadvantaged children in THIS COUNTRY? (AHEM: ANJELINA JOLIE)... You've BOTH got to be KIDDING me. 23K would give EVEN ONE FAMILY a head start on a NORMAL life. Unlike you two. God help us all....

876 days ago
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I'm A Lawyer    

If she can't live off of $23,000. Maybe she should get a f'ing job, and quit leaching.

876 days ago
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jr70895    

Cannot live on $23000.00 per month...How many seperated or divorced women manage to make it on a whole lot less than that per month...

876 days ago
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jdub    

If you can't live on over $275,000 a year you have some serious spending issues. I actually work, make 20% of that and have plenty of money to save. How pathetic.

876 days ago
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Fat Mike    

According to IMDB she's had about 5 acting jobs in her whole life, and I'm tipping a few of those were gained due to her relationship with Melissa

876 days ago
12.

Jackie    

Let the money war begin...hurra!!

876 days ago
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TJ    

Remind me again why gays and lesbians want the right to marry? They're just going to end up in divorce court and a lifetime of headaches like everyone else.

876 days ago
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Minnetonka40    

We make that amount some months with our business and we live well and take vacations and have a few nice things. She just needs to move out of California.

876 days ago
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Bird    

What is it with this "lifestyle I've grown accustomed to" bullsh_t? It doesn't matter what you've grown accustomed to, that's not how sh_t is now. And if that idiot is "barely scraping by" on 23,000 dollars a month, then she clearly doesn't know anything about living/surviving in this world. There are people out there who make less than 23,000 a YEAR and still manage to get by. The gravy train is over, bitch. You want more money than you're getting? Get a f_cking job! Why do all these women feel that getting a job and making their own money is somehow beneath them? That woman, and all the lazy, gold-digging ingrates just like her, are worthless human beings and should be ashamed of themselves.

876 days ago
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