Rocker Melissa Etheridge has denied she
and Tammy Lynn Michaels were ever married, celebrity website TMZ.com
Last April, the two women announced
they were splitting up after nine years. In separate filings to end
their California domestic partnership, each claim “irreconcilable
differences.” Etheridge is asking the court for joint custody of
the couple's twin 4-year-old children, son Miller and daughter
Johnnie Rose. Michaels, who gave birth to the twins, says she wants
full custody of the children with visitation rights for Etheridge.
Michaels has previously claimed that
Etheridge left her and their children penniless, allegations
Etheridge has denied.
The women continue to argue about child
custody, child support, spousal support and division of property.
Michaels, 36, said on her blog that she
gave up an acting career in 2001 to care for the children. She has
filed for a dissolution of marriage, rather than domestic
partnership, believing she is more likely to prevail in her claim for
spousal supports if the court views their relationship as a marriage.
According to TMZ.com,
Etheridge, 50, has said that their vows were “nothing more than a
non-binding commitment ceremony.”