Country singer Melissa Etheridge has won a court battle allowing her to take her kids on tour.

The star's ex-partner Tammy Lynn Michaels asked a judge for a hearing over the care of their six-year-old twins, who Etheridge wanted to take on the road with her.

A court date took place on 30 August (13) after Michaels expressed her fears that their kids were at risk of illness because they haven't been vaccinated for a range of diseases, and claimed they would be around drugs and rowdy female fans.

But the judge refused to take her concerns into account, and denied her request to ban the children from Etheridge's tour.

The children will only attend seven dates of Etheridge's latest trek - she closes the jaunt in Colorado on 15 September (13).

The couple split in 2010.