June 7th, 2012 by faye
The settlement agreement between former domestic partners Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels has been released — and Etheridge will be giving Michaels 50% of her earnings for one of her albums, “The Awakening,” along with a battery of songs as well.
According to reports, the settlement agreement between Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels is the latest addition to the $13,000 of monthly spousal support and $10,000 a month in child support that will be given by Etheridge to Michaels.
Melissa Etheridge will also give Michaels the same amount for the following 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 Mind, The Kingdom of Heaven, The Universe Listened, Threesome, and What Happens Tomorrow.
The former couple, who “married” in a commitment ceremony back in 2003, had been involved in a bitter and painful war over cash for the last two years. Then, after everything has been said and done, the two finally agreed to a domestic partnership settlement agreement last month. Actress Tammy Lynn Michaels had been receiving $23,000 a month but still claimed that she was barely scraping by. Michaels insisted that Etheridge can actually give more since she was making $177,882 a month.
Tammy Lynn Michaels also said that as she had grown used to having a luxurious life during her long-term relationship, the money Etheridge is giving her is clearly not enough for her to live on. In 2006, Michaels gave birth to their twins via an anonymous sperm donor. The former lesbian couple will share a joint custody of their five-year-old twins, Johnnie Rose and Miller Steven, but there will be special adjustments in case Melissa Etheridge leaves for a tour.
The settlement agreement of the two came after a exchange of bitter words between the two. Last month, news broke out that Tammy Lynn Michaels had burnt Miller with a cigarette. Tammy expressed her apologies about the incident through a poem on her Internet blog, but Melissa Etheridge is very angry about what happened.
This incident was brought up by Melissa Etheridge in the legal docs she filed when she was fighting the claim for more money of Tammy. Melissa Etheridge also claimed in the legal docs that Tammy Lynn is “vindictive and angry,” and will not accept a custody deal that is equal, because she continues to accuse Melissa of being not “being maternal.” Michaels had also been also claiming that Etheridge was making attempts to turn their children against her, claiming that as a result, the children have grown distant from her. Tammy Lynn Michaels added that Melissa Etheridge says profane words in front of Johnnie and Miller and refuses to have the children vaccinated.
The former couple, who are figures of the Hollywood lesbian community, had their commitment ceremony back in 2003, which was featured in InStyle Celebrity Weddings on ABC. The two also registered as legal domestic partners in the state of California.
There were reports that Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels tried to marry each other legally in 2008, during the time when same-sex marriages were allowed in California, but then they missed the opportunity.
April 12th, 2012 by faye
The bitter feud between rock singer Melissa Etheridge and her former domestic partner Tammy Lynn Michaels is still ongoing, and now Melissa has a new story to tell: the singer claims that Tammy Lynn accidentally burned one of their kids with a cigarette.
Award-winning Melissa Etheridge filed new legal docs in her nasty legal battle with Tammy Lynn, stating that she wants a judge to ban Michaels and herself from smoking around the children so that the cigarette-related accident won’t happen again.
The legal docs also stated that a “vindictive and angry” Tammy Lynn Michaels will not accept an equal custody deal because she insists that Etheridge does not have a “maternal instinct.” The docs also included a nasty email Tammy Lynn sent to Melissa, saying: “You have to support so many households because YOU BROKE SO MANY HOUSEHOLDS, silly. If you had decided to have one ounce of integrity/honesty as a person or partner, you would NOT be in this predicament. Think about it.”
Another email sent by Tammy Lynn Michaels read: “They aren’t leaving my care while you are on the road – a completely inappropriate place for 3-year-olds – not to mention you can’t track them, have no child care, and they were bit by dogs in the house last time you had them.”
The former couple parted ways two years ago and since then, Melissa Etheridge has been paying Tammy Lynn Michaels $23,000 a month in partner and child support.
However, Michaels filed papers on Monday demanding more money from Melissa Etheridge. The actress claims that Melissa earns roughly $177,882 a month, stating that she was used to living a luxurious lifestyle during their long-term relationship. Thus $23,000 a month is not enough for her to live on.
Melissa Etheridge and Tammy Lynn Michaels, both iconic gay rights activists in the US, had a commitment ceremony in 2003 featured on ABC’s InStyle Celebrity Weddings. The former couple also registered as legal domestic partners in the state of California.