Tammy Lynn Michaels Files for Full Custody of Children

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Tammy Lynn Michaels says she was "blindsided" by her break-up with Melissa Etheridge.

But she's gathered herself together enough to fight back and file for full custody of the pair's twin children, Johnnie and Miller.

While Etheridge asked for joint legal and physical custody when she initially filed for dissolution of their domestic partnership, Tammy has taken the battle a step farther: she wants full custody, reports TMZ.

Michaels carried the twins to term, following a donation by an anonymous sperm donor.

Tammy has also asked the court for spousal support.

Both sides of the former couple cited "irreconcilable differences" as the basis for their split. They became domestic partners in August 2005 and things will likely get uglier before they get better.

Tammy's lawyer says his client has $4 to her name and: "Melissa has not been treating Tammy or the children as if they are a wife and children, financially and otherwise."

There is a major hiccup, however: Etheridge and Michaels were never technically married. Therefore, the former is not on the legal hook for a single penny once the partnership is dissolved.

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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 love 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

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Could it be that Melissa Etheridge is not quite as nice as she is portrayed on TV? Hmmmmmmm

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