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Colin Farrell and ex-girlfriend file for conservatorship of eldest son to manage medical decisions


Colin is dad to 17-year-old James (Picture: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Colin Farrell and his former girlfriend have filed for conservatorship of their eldest son.

The Irish actor and model Kim Bordenave have requested to be co-conservators of the person for James Farrell ahead of his 18th birthday later this year, which would allow them to manage his personal needs, including medical decisions.

Their son James suffers from Angelman Syndrome, which, according to the pair’s court petition, is ‘a genetic disorder which causes developmental delays and disabilities and affects the nervous system’.

Documents obtained by E! News note that James ‘is nonverbal and has issues with his fine motor skills, making him unable to properly care for his own physical health and well-being and requiring him to need assistance in preparing food, eating, bathing, and clothing himself.’

As a result, the teenager’s parents want a court to grant them the power to made decisions about his education, control his social and sexual relationships – including whether or not he can marry – access confidential records and grant or refuse permission for medical procedures.

The petition notes that James is unable to express his preference over who he’d prefer to serve as his conservators but his parents ‘are sure’ that if he “could voice his opinion over who he would want” for the role, he would choose Colin and Kim.

A court hearing on the matter is scheduled for September 27, but James’ doctor, Liliana Sloninsky, sent a note to the court advising it would be ‘difficult’ for the teenager to attend because his condition means he suffers with ‘delayed development, intellectual disability, severe impairment and problems with movement and balance.’

Kim (left, seen with Colin and his sister Claudine) and Colin want to be able to make medical decisions for their son (Picture: Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

She added: ‘James is non-verbal, gets very anxious and loses his focus easily.’

Angelman syndrome is a genetic disorder of chromosome 15 characterised by intellectual disability, lack of speech, sleep disturbance and usually a happy demeanour in children, with frequent smiling, laughing and a short attention span common.

It is a rare disorder, affecting one in every 20,000-25,000 people.

Farrell, 44, has previously spoken about his son’s condition, and said that becoming a father was one of the main reasons he got sober.

He told People: ‘Everything he’s achieved in his life has come through the presence and the kind of will that is hard work. He’s a lot to be inspired by. 

‘Things like walking and talking and eating and feeding himself, all those things that so many of us naturally take for granted because they come so easily, to James, they come somewhat harder … I remember the days when he couldn’t watch 10 minutes of a film because he couldn’t sit still, but now he can.’

The In Bruges star works with FAST (Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics), which he calls ‘a world of love and compassion in the face of great struggle and ultimately a song to the fortitude of human spirit’.

Farrell is also dad to son Henry, 11, with actress Alicja Bachleda-Curuś.


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