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Melissa to Tammy Lynn

The Settlement Sticks, Baby!

1/4/2013 4:20 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF


Melissa Etheridge just scored a legal victory against her former domestic partner Tammy Lynn Michaels, who was trying to get their settlement tossed out the window.

The judge in the legal war has ruled the settlement is valid and binding.

TMZ broke the story ... under the terms of the settlement ... Melissa must pay Tammy $13,000 a month in spousal support and $10,000 a month in child support.  They have agreed to joint custody.

Melissa gets to keep some property in Springdale, Arizona, Hidden Hills, California, and somewhere in Arkansas.

As for Tammy, she gets 50% of the royalties from the album, The Awakening.  Tammy also gets 50% from the songs, A Simple Love, All There Is, All We Can Really Do, An Unexpected Rain, California, God is in the People, Heroes and Friends,  Imagine That, I've Loved You Before, Map of the Stars, Message to Myself, Open Your Minds, The Kingdom of Heaven, The Universe Listened, Threesome, and What Happens Tomorrow.

And best of all .. they each get to keep their own Vespa.


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She's baaaack    

Not bad. I would have married her if I knew I'd be raking in that much coin after it ended and I'm straight.

603 days ago

Spicy mag    

She should get a writing credit on the songs. Why stop at royalties?

603 days ago


Native Arizonan has never heard of Springdale, Arizona. Maybe a 55+ near Phoenix???

603 days ago



603 days ago


WOW!!! i cant even imagine what it would be like to get that much money a month!

603 days ago

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602 days ago


Tammy go back to the trailer in which you crawled out from under. #trash

602 days ago


i aint sayin shes a gold digger.....

602 days ago


If you include the royalties, she probably makes more in a month than I make in a year. Why on earth would she be so stupid as to fight a cushy deal like that? She could actually come out with less. I guess greedy people don't think about that possibility.

602 days ago

julie minni    

My husband

602 days ago

julie minni    

My husband

602 days ago


Can you call lesbian 69, Lip-synching and be accurate?

602 days ago

Boycott Hollywood    

HAHAHA F@$%ING Bull Dykes

602 days ago
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