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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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76.

tina    

try living on 2000.00 a month.thats 2 incomes with 4 kids.its tough but were doing it.see its people like this that is pathetic.cant live on 23,000.00 a month.we could live like kings on that.people like this really make me WANNA PUKE!sad thing is she'll prob get more.

897 days ago
77.

Zoe    

Teach them early how to manage their finances and when they are old ..........

http://youtu.be/_Ji7GrhAixI

897 days ago
78.

brad    

stop B****ing I make that in a year
I you cant live on 23,000a month. get a damn job

897 days ago
79.

Rockalittle    

Wah, wah, wah! What a spoiled brat! If you can't manage on that kind of money, the judge should make you take finance classes. I know plenty of single moms who give their blood, sweat and tears to their kids, working, working, working and they are happy that they are even getting anything from their exe's.

897 days ago
80.

Jenny    

Tammy went from rags-to-riches and can go back to rags, she's accustomed to that life style too. Why is it that people think that just because the ex-spouse makes a lot of money that they should be bled dry? Why should the one that works hard and provides for themselves have to continue to support someone that clearly doesn't want to get a job and help make something of themselves? You didn't want to be with Melissa, so therefore she shouldn't have to support you!! GET A JOB LAZY ASS!

897 days ago
81.

Susan    

You both wanted children, so now WORK it out. Please do not drag all your dirty laundry through the courts and your children will know about it by way of their friends.

897 days ago
82.

ChrisT    

Tammy is a psycho leech....

897 days ago
83.

Kelly    

To the headline: Nor Should She Have To!

897 days ago
84.

Sandra     

These two are so pathetic!! Feel sorry for the kids!!

897 days ago
85.

voiceofreason    

I live off of $23,000 a year just fine, except that I am in debt and behind in bills. I live off of $23,000 a year juussst fine! That bitch should be able to live off of $23,000 a month with no problems. **** like this really pisses me off!

897 days ago
86.

DD    

Hell hath no fury like two lezzies fightin' :)

897 days ago
87.

Nicole    

Can't live on $23,000 a MONTH?? A MONTH!! There are people who barely make that in one freaking year!! That is pure greed talking, nothing more, nothing less..Tammy is nothing but a spoiled has-been actress..BITCH

897 days ago
88.

Interesting    

Many of you have no idea what you are talking about. Sure, to you, $23,000 is a HUGE amount of money. And heck, it is. However, when you get used to living on a certain amount, going backwards is almost impossible, because of bills. I know this from experience - I went from making & spending $12,000 per month to now making nothing and needing to cut back on everything.

Don't be so narrow minded just because you make less than her and are jealous. You aren't fooling anyone with your comments.

897 days ago
89.

Spencer B in MD    

EQUAL RIGHTS! EQUAL RIGHTS!

LOL!!!!!!!

897 days ago
90.

Wtf    

Who does this bitch thinks she is... over 20k a month NOT ENOUGH??

897 days ago
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