Melissa Etheridge's ex files for full custody of twins

Melissa Etheridge’s ex, Popular star Tammy Lynn Michaels, has filed for full legal and physical custody of the couple’s three-year-old twins, People reports. She’s asking that Etheridge, who filed papers July 2 to end their partnership with a request for joint custody and no spousal support, receive visitation and pay spousal support. Michaels’ lawyer told People she filed paperwork to dissolve their marriage. “Tammy filed a dissolution of marriage, because in her eyes this was a marriage. Both she and Melissa gave it the dignity of a marriage – they had a marital ceremony back in 2001,” attorney Steve Knowles said. “If the court system says there was no such thing as a marriage and tells us we have to amend it to a domestic partnership, so be it. It’s a symbolic act on Tammy’s part….” The couple held a commitment ceremony at Dick Clark’s oceanside Malibu estate in 2001, attended by friends including Steven Spielberg. They registered as domestic partners in 2005, before Michaels gave birth to their twins in 2006.

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  • dusen

    Isn’t this her second divorce, with kids from each one? Maybe you weren’t cut out for marriage Melissa.

    This is why I support gay marriage. So that gay men and women have the equal opportunity to screw up their lives just as badly as straight people.

  • Chelsea

    It sounds like Tammy pretty much already has full custody in all but name with Melissa out on tour constantly.

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  • Zoe

    I think that Melissa has always stayed private but this is one time she should make “a comment”. From everything I hear and see, she should support Tammy until she is able to get her career back on track……support for the twins is not even a question, it is Melissa’s duty…..and yes, it does seem as if this is not Melissa’s thing, marriage. Seems she has a “track record” and I for one do not look too kindly on her right now.

  • rebecca

    I don’t understand why all these people are fighting to make gay marriage legal because all I see happening is gay couples breaking up. what is the point to let them marry if they get a divorce in the next few years. seems like a bunch of work for nothing!

    • Christian

      You must oppose straight marriage then too, huh?

      • Marv in DC

        Christian, you know that’s a much to nuanced statement for rebecca to get, right?

      • petuniafromhell

        C – you took the words out of my mouth! Melissa E. is just crappy at relationships, that has nothing to do with her sexuality.

  • Jax

    I am no longer a Melissa Etheridge fan. I have been one since the 80’s and always thought she was a really cool person. I have followed Tammy’s blog since she started writing it and have always been blown away by her utter and complete devotion to Melissa. Her caring and loev for her during her breast cancer diagnosis and recovery were nothing short of beautiful. It is dismaying to see Melissa throw Tammy to the side now that she says she needs to discover her “spiritual side”. I have news for Melissa: honey, if you can’t find that spiritual side with the one person who brought you back from the brink of death then you aint gonna find it anywhere on this planet. All the best to Tammy and her children. Melissa Etheridge has shown herself to be empty, void of anything resembling decency and should be boycotted by every music fan forever.

    Team Tammy for sure.

    Jax from Canada

  • Nicole

    Melissa needs to lay off the weed. It’s really messing her up. She is a total pot head anymore.

  • ellie

    Melissa Etheridge has proved herself to be devoid of any moral, ethical code. To dump someone after they had your babies; after they NURSED YOU BACK TO HEALTH FROM BREAST CANCER, is downright disgusting. Does this woman not have a shred of decency? I predict her career is over. Good riddance bottom dweller.

  • Skipper1953

    Melissa has proven what a turly selfish, self-centered person she is in the way she is handling ending this marriage. She happy when things are going her way but when theings get rough (as in some relationships)she wants to jump ship to seek happiness and attention elsewhere. Does she realize that is is wrong to help bring 2 children into this world and just leave relationships when she wants to pursue her own interests? She is a bottom dweller.Melissa needs to pay monthly child support and a give Tammy a large settlement for the year she spent with her. Melissa does not need custody in any way. You don’t need her Tammy. YOu can bounce back from this but Melissa has to pay up!!

  • Amy

    you people need to shut up. re- read what you wrote and then leave melissa and tammy alone as you probably don’t know the half of the story

  • geniuss

    i am dismayed to see how cold melissa is,, watching her in a music video symbolically taking off her wedding ring was terrible,
    tammy is the mother of her children and deserved more respect, I too have been reading tammys blog and her love for melissa shone brightly, melissa you should be ashamed,,

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