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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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136.

Seldombinlaid    

There's your equal rights.

738 days ago
137.

Seldombinlaid    

Melissa, just send me that check per month. I'll even sell my company. We're good!:)

738 days ago
138.

Brat    

Poor Tammy! my family of 6 lives on less than that a year!

738 days ago
139.

O_o    

dear ms. etheridge, i can EASILY live on $23k a month. GIVETTAME!

738 days ago
140.

Liz    

Wow. That's about what I make in a year, and this b**ch can't live off that per month? Unbelievable.

738 days ago
141.

DH43    

You have got to be kidding me. Complain much Tammy. 23k a month! I play my violin for you. you should be grateful think of the single parents that get no child support. I can tell you right now what will happen, In Los Angeles, if the bickering continues, swearing and accusations of both of them becoming verbal in front of the kids both of these women will be sent to parenting classes needing to show proof they have completed the course. As for visitation it depends on the age and as for child and spousal support, child support is based on the percentage of time the children are spent at both of the parents home, with spousal support you get half of the time you were married. I got news for you Tammy the judge will look to see how much you are capable of making and you will be dinged for it. Melissa you can ask for an income evaluation of Tammy. What this does is Tammy is put through a test based on her job skills and education experience allowing for how much Tammy is capable of making whatever the case and end result you both have to remember one thing you are not hurting one another you are hurting your children. And tammy if you feel as if your in poverty over the 23k a month than go out and do what every single parent does. GET A JOB! what a joke

737 days ago
142.

Missy    

Melissa, I'll gladly raise your little ones for $23,000 a month!!

737 days ago
143.

Claudia    

Melissa wanted the relationship and Tammy stayed home giving up her career plans to raise Melissa's first 2 children and she was a great step-mom. Now she has 2 twins to raise and living in California why shouldn't they live as comfortably as Melissa. It's real divorce and custody issues and it shouldn't be any different than it is for the man/woman relationships. A good parent does not try to remove their children from the loving parent they have known all their life.

731 days ago
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Claudia    

Melissa wanted the relationship and Tammy stayed home giving up her career plans to raise Melissa's first 2 children and she was a great step-mom. Now she has 2 twins to raise and living in California why shouldn't they live as comfortably as Melissa. It's real divorce and custody issues and it shouldn't be any different than it is for the man/woman relationships.

731 days ago
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