Colin Farrell and his former partner Kim Bordenave have reportedly applied for a conservatorship for their son James months before he turns 18 in September.
Irish movie star Colin, 44, and Canadian-American model Kim, 49, are said to have filed a joint petition, planning that it will give them the legal power to continue making decisions on his behalf, as he lives with the Angelman- syndrome.
Over the years, Phone Booth star Colin has been open about the challenges facing his eldest son with Angelman syndrome, a rare neurogenetic disorder characterized by developmental delays, lack of speech, seizures and impaired balance.
Concerned Parents: Colin Farrell and Kim Bordenave have reportedly filed for conservatorships for their son James months before he turns 18 in September. Pictured in 2003
According to The blast, the parents state in their legal documents that James still needs daily help, including preparing food and dressing, while overseeing his health and well-being.
The site reports that they are seeking permission from the court ‘to be in charge of finding suitable housing for their son, the authority to access confidential files, withhold the consent of the marriage, enter into contracts, medical to give consent and the power to make educational decisions’.
While Colin has reportedly stated that his son would not be able to attend a hearing as this would increase his anxiety levels, he would have assured that if James were able to express it himself, he would be conservatorship. want.
MailOnline has contacted a Colin Farrell representative for comment.
Angelman Syndrome: James lives with Angelman Syndrome, a rare neurogenetic disorder characterized by developmental delays, lack of speech, seizures, and impaired balance
In 2012, Colin opened up about the ups and downs of his son’s condition, after spending the early years of James’ life in private.
He told In style: ‘We share in the smallest victories; the first words at the age of six or seven, being able to feed themselves at 19, and get the seizures under control. When James took his first steps at the age of four, I almost broke in half! ‘
Speaking about his decision to go public, he said: ‘It was during the Special Olympics in Shanghai in 2007 that after consulting with James’ mother, I decided that I wanted to speak publicly about the pride and joy I had. in our son. ‘
“He has enriched my life, but I don’t want to downplay the trials that so many families go through; the fear, consternation, frustration and pain … When you are the parent of a child with special needs, it is important to feel that you are not alone. ‘
Challenges: In 2012, Colin talked about the ups and downs of his son’s condition after spending the early years of James’ life in private. Pictured in 2007
To continue his dedication, the star has also partnered with the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome (FAST) to raise awareness and strengthen the families of those affected by the condition.
Colin also shares 11-year-old son Henry with Polish actress Alicja Bachleda-Curuś, his co-star in the 2009 drama Ondine. The couple split in 2010.
In 2019, Colin revealed on The Ellen DeGeneres Show that his kids couldn’t wait for him to go back to work when he was out of acting for a year.
The star opened up about missing his two sons James and Henry when he worked away six months of the year, but said the boys ‘got tired of watching him’ after taking a long break from movies.
Not the only one: He said of his decision to disclose James’s condition, ‘If you are the parent of a special needs child, it is important to feel that you are not alone’
He said, ‘I think I worked for about a month last year. Got unemployed for about 11 years. It was wonderful, I just got home with the boys.
‘It’s difficult because I travel six or seven months a year. It’s hard for them. It is hard for me. I miss them so much. I just come home and get in their faces to the point where they are tired of looking at me. Really.’
When Ellen asked if James would be driving anytime soon, the proud father said, “I don’t know if he will. I am not one to limit the potential of what he will experience in his life.
“James has Angelman syndrome, so I don’t know.
He added: ‘The world gets a lot more dangerous when James gets behind the wheel! I do not know. There is a world of possibilities. ‘
Family: Colin also shares 11-year-old son Henry with Polish actress Alicja Bachleda-Curuś, his co-star in the 2009 drama Ondine. The couple split in 2010
What is Angelman Syndrome?
Angelman syndrome is a genetic condition that affects the nervous system and causes serious physical and learning disabilities.
A person with Angelman syndrome will have a near-normal life expectancy, but they will need support throughout their lives.
Characteristics of Angelman syndrome
A child with Angelman syndrome will start to show signs of delayed development around the age of about 6 to 12 months, such as not being able to sit without support or making rippling noises.
Later, they may not speak at all or may only be able to say a few words. However, most children with Angelman syndrome can communicate with gestures, signs, or other systems.
The movement of a child with Angelman syndrome will also be affected. They may have trouble walking because of problems with balance and coordination (ataxia). Their arms may shake or jerk, and their legs may be stiff.
Several distinct behaviors are associated with Angelman syndrome. Among which:
laughing and smiling frequently, often with little stimulation
* easily irritable, often flapping your hands
being restless (hyperactive)
* with a short attention span
* difficulty sleeping and needing less sleep than other children
* a special fascination with water