Colin Farrell and his ex-girlfriend have filed a conservatorship for their son James, who has been diagnosed with Angelman Syndrome.
Legal documents obtained by The Blast show that the actor and model Kim Bordenave filed a joint petition for a conservatorship over James, which would give them the ability to make medical decisions and care for him after he turns 18 and becomes an adult in September.
Colin and Kim claim that James needs assistance for daily activities, such as getting dressed or making meals.
The ex-couple is lockstep in their request to be able to give medical consent for James, find him proper housing and have access to the teen's confidential records. They claim they need to be able to continue to care for James as if he were a minor.
A note from James' doctor was also included in the filing, and it notes that the boy is nearly incapable of attending a court hearing due to his anxiety levels. Colin, meanwhile, said he's confident that James would want his parents as his conservators if he were able to verbalize it.
Angelman Syndrome causes developmental delays and disabilities and affects the nervous system, according to the Foundation for Angelman Syndrome Therapeutics. Colin has been open about his son's condition.
"I decided, after consulting with James' mother, that I wanted to talk publicly about the pride and joy I had in our son. He has enriched my life, but I don't want to minimize the trials that so many families go through: the fear, consternation, frustration, and pain," Colin once told InStyle. "We share in the smallest victories — the first words at age six or seven, being able to feed oneself at nine and getting the seizures under control. When you're the parent of a child with special needs, it's important to feel that you're not alone."