Alan Thicke’s unexpected death in December 2016 left fans devastated. The 69-year-old is best remembered for his iconic role on the 1980s sitcom “Growing Pains” — in which he not only played a dad on-screen but also served as a father figure to millions of viewers who grew up watching him.
Thicke was the father to three real-life sons: Robin, Brennan, and Carter.
He was, by all accounts, a family man.
However, his passing has caused more than just loss and grief; it’s also triggered some major strife within his family.
In 2005, Thicke married his third wife, actress Tanya Callau. The two had been dating since 1999 and were very much in love. During their wedding vows, Thicke melted the room when he professed his love for Callau, saying:
“If the last breath I take could be to say how much I loved you, then I know my time on earth will be complete.”
And like many couples these days, Thicke and Callau signed a prenuptial agreement.Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images
According to court documents obtained by People, the 41-year-old actress was to be left:
“All of the Ranch’s furnishings, 25 percent of his personal effects, a $500,000 life insurance policy, all of his death benefits from pensions and union memberships … and 40 percent share of his remaining estate. Alan also provided that Tanya may live in the Ranch after his death so long as she maintains the property and expenses.”
Clearly, Thicke made sure that Callau would be taken care of if she were to end up on her own.
However, Callau reportedly isn’t satisfied with the prenup, as she’s claiming the 10-year-old document is now invalid.
According to People, two of Thicke’s sons, Brennan and Robin, have filed a petition against Callau’s claims that the prenup is illegitimate. In the petition, attorney Alex Weingarten states:
“Nonetheless, despite Alan’s generous benefits and careful planning Tanya demands more. Tanya insists the Prenuptial Agreement that she entered into before marrying Alan is invalid.
Now that Alan is dead, Tanya claims there are numerous problems with the Trust and the Prenuptial Agreement.”
In addition to her doubts about the prenup, Weingarten also stated that Callau is demanding more because of the career she gave up to be a good wife:
“Tanya asserts that there is no chance the ‘Prenup’ could withstand legal challenge and that she has very significant community rights in the Trust’s assets and rights of reimbursement with respect to improvements to the Ranch.
Tanya also claims ‘Marvin rights’ asserting that she had to forego opportunities to pursue and advance her own career in order to support Alan and be his companion and partner, including raising Carter.”
Even more worrisome, Weingarten claimed that Callau has (emphasis added) “threatened to make her claims fodder for ‘tabloid publicity’ unless the co-trustees agreed to participate in a mediation and succumb to her demands.”Gregg DeGuire/Getty Images
However, Callau’s attorney Adam F. Streisand is calling “bull” on the document (emphasis added):
“Tanya Thicke has never threatened to take private family matters public and she never has. It is clear that Alan’s sons have chosen this distasteful public smear tactic to bully Tanya, by stirring up the tabloid media, filing a bogus lawsuit, and refusing family mediation.
Tanya is still grieving the death of her beloved husband and out of respect for Alan’s memory intends to handle his sons’ false statements privately.”
According to court documents, Thicke left his sons with equal shares of his estate:
“Ownership of the Carpinteria, California ranch that he bought in 1989 and desired to keep in his family forever (the “Ranch”), 75 percent of his personal effects, and 60 percent of his remaining estate.”
Weingarten told the Hollywood Reporter that Thicke’s sons filed the lawsuit to “honor the memory of their father, protect his legacy, and prevent his testamentary intentions from being undermined by avarice and overreaching of his third wife, Tanya Callau.”
Although one of the parties is definitely unsatisfied with their share of Thicke’s assets, it’s unclear exactly which side it’s coming from.