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Melissa Etheridge Domestic Partnership War

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5/22/2012 10:17 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
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Melissa Etheridge has FINALLY settled her 2 year war with domestic partner Tammy Lynn Michaels ... TMZ has learned.

The former couple hashed out an agreement last night as part of court-ordered mediation. 

The settlement covers both partner and child support.  As TMZ first reported, Tammy had been receiving a total of $23,000 a month from Melissa, but claimed she was barely scraping by and that Melissa could afford to pay more since she was raking in $177,882 a month.

Sources connected with the couple tell TMZ ... under the terms of the settlement, Tammy will net more than the $23,000 a month, though we don't have the exact figure.

As for who gets the 5-year-old twins, Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven, we're told Melissa and Tammy will share joint custody, with adjustments when Melissa goes on the road.

Lawyers for both sides could not be reached for comment.

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KittyKittyKitty    

Yikes!

834 days ago
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Bruce Zoldak    

it is so damn hard to live on more than $23,000 a month. Oh, my, whatever will she do... greedy woman. Melissa is the one with the talent

834 days ago
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ShrinkWrap    

Marriage is a bitch, gay or straight.

834 days ago
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Jay W.     

Tammy's glad she did the scissor grind with Melissa. Turned into one helluva retirement plan !

834 days ago
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Mike    

Two drama queens.

834 days ago
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Pudding Tang    

lookout Ellen, Tammy is coming after you next!

834 days ago
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Bitchmaster    

Well, Women and Gays wants equal rights. There you go. She's paying as much as a rich man would end up paying!

834 days ago
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Lisa-Centereach    

How GALLING if she claims she can not live on $23K a month. There are thousands of people who have lost their jobs and can not even afford $1,300.00 a month for their home. That is greed to the max.

834 days ago
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Susan    

Melissa wanted children with Tammy so now pay the support. Maybe people will think twice before having children. They are not toys & have feelings when things go bad with their parents. For once, think about the children.

834 days ago
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bdasswarrior    

She can't make $23,000 for two kids last a month?? Tell that to a mom raising two kids on only $300. a month, then tell me it's hard. Greedy Bitch!

834 days ago
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William    

And gay folks are anxious for the opportunity to get married!?! Take it from 50% of us straight folks, marriage is no picnic, and divorce takes an awful emotional and financial toll. Be careful what you wish for, whether gay or straight. Take lots of time to get to know your partner first.

834 days ago
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Claudia    

If Melissa wants join custody then she should support them in the same style that she lives, to her $23,000 a month is nothing. Tammy raised Melissa's first 2 kids and its only fair that she now have the chance to raise her own.

834 days ago
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Meg    

$23,000/month...approximately 1/5 of what Melissa Etheridge makes per month. Sounds fair! It should be (one would think) enough money to feed/clothe/house/etc. 2 children. If Tammy Lynn chooses to live beyond the $23,000/month she gets in child support, then she needs to earn it herself. Families live on less, so it is doable! This is not the 1950's when a woman didn't have options for employment after splitting with her rich spouse! Women have options! Tammy Lynn had an acting career once...and I know she is working on a new movie(read it on her blog)...so I think $23,000 is a fair amount of money for her to receive for the children. Keep in mind that these 2 women were not legally married so Melissa has no responsibility to support Tammy Lynn, just their children!

834 days ago
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Jonas Rimmer    

"Gay brakes"!!! Please step on the "gay brakes". Noone´s interested in crazy lesbians around here.
BUM ! BUM ! BUM ! GAY ! M ! Z !

834 days ago
15.

DaveT    

What greed.
$23,000 is a tremendous amount of money.
How do you even spend that much in a month?
On what? Gold leaf breakfasts? Caviar snacks?
If child custody is mutual, why isn't Tammy required to work a job and support her own kids too?
Not to mention....Tammy was the one artificially inseminated....she carried the babies in her womb....doesn't she want to work and take care of her kids?
Not when the money tree is shakin'.

834 days ago
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