The pair, together nine years and parents to twins, split last year and from the get-go, it was acrimonious, with Michaels claiming the two were legally married (thus entitling her to more assets) despite Etheridge’s claims to the contrary.
According to TMZ, the pair also locked horns over child custody, visitation, child support, spousal support, division of property and attorney's fees. Now item number four on the list – spousal support - has come home to roost.
TMZ reports that Michaels claims she's barely scraping by on the $23,000 a month Etheridge currently pays her in partner and child support and she’s demanding more.Yup, that's right - it totals some $276,000 a year. Michaels must buy EVERYTHING at Whole Foods.
According to papers filed and cited by the celeb website, Etheridge makes roughly $177,882.00 per month. Plus she got Michaels accustomed to an extravagant lifestyle while they were together (oh those lifestyle claims). Ergo, the $23K Michaels now receives is insufficient to maintain said lifestyle.
Michaels, a former actress, apparently also claims she has "virtually no savings" and would need "extensive retraining" if she were to rejoin the workforce, adding that Etheridge is influencing their kids to be negative and cold towards her.
Ugh. This all just sounds horrendous for the kids. Among the litany of accusations: Michaels claims Etheridge swears in front of the kids while Etheridge claims Michaels accidentally burned a kid with a cigarette.
As TMZ notes, the women are headed into a settlement conference in May to determine support and custody issues ... so it's important for Michaels to demonstrate she's the better mom. The kicker? Michaels wants Etheridge to pay her $120,000 legal bill.
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