07/12/2010 AT 8:00 PM ET
Has Melissa Etheridge left her ex and their twins broke?
That s what Tammy Etheridge s attorney claimed in an L.A. courtroom on Monday – but Melissa s lawyer says that s not the case.
“[Tammy] is being completely supported by Melissa and has been since they separated,” Melissa s attorney Neal Hersh told PEOPLE after appearing at a hearing. “She s being well-provided for and then some, as are the children, which are Melissa s first priority.”
The singer has been giving the former Tammy Lynn Michaels $2,000 a month and pays household bills including utilities and a car lease, the lawyer says.
Tammy s attorney Steven Knowles acknowledges, “Melissa is paying various sundry expenses,” but says that Tammy, 35, and their 3-year-old twins, Johnnie and Miller, are “destitute.” Knowles adds, “It doesn t put money in her wallet. Literally she has no cash.”
Knowles also claims Tammy s credit card has been declined when she s tried to purchase groceries and clothing for their children, something Hersh says is, if true, “a one-off situation.”