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When real life does not resemble a sitcom

A family feud continues. Alan Thicke was the star of “Growing Pains,” a successful sitcom. However, the continuing saga after his death between the late television star’s children and his wife rivals the best prime-time soap opera that could have competed against his signature comedy.

One tale tells of a widow threatening the offspring with bad publicity to get what she wants while the other story reveals ne’er-do-well offspring that wanted to convert their father’s ranch into a “massive pot plantation.”

Thicke passed away in December 2016 while playing hockey with his youngest son Carter. The 69-year-old actor’s estate plan left each of his three sons equal shares in his Carpinteria, California ranch, 75 percent of his personal property, and 60 percent of the remaining estate.

Tanya Callau Thicke, his wife received all of the furnishings from the ranch and the opportunity to live there provided that she maintained the property and covered expenses. She also received 25 percent of his personal effects, a $500,000 life insurance policy, death benefits from pensions and union memberships, and 40 percent of the remaining estate.

In response to what Thicke’s widow views as an ongoing campaign to destroy her reputation, she is accusing elder sons Robin and Brennan of filing an unnecessary and misleading petition with the sole objective of making her look bad in the media.

In papers filed in Los Angeles Superior Court, Callau Thicke and her attorneys accuse the Thicke brothers of filing “pointless and unnecessary” legal documents that are “written for the press, not this Court.”

Callau Thicke also claims that the co-trustees are using their petition as tabloid fodder by simultaneously filing it and leaking it to the press, all the while claiming that she was the one threatening to go to the media. She alleges that they wanted to create the impression that she was contesting the “invalid” prenup.

While she referred to the premarital agreement as “ridiculous,” with a “fraudulent statement” and other problems, she still contends that she will abide by it.

She is also requesting that the Thicke sons’ petition be dismissed.

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