COLUMBO star Peter Falk's daughter will have to prove that she and her father were close before he developed Alzheimer's Disease if she wants to pay him regular visits.
Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aviva K. Bobb has dismissed Catherine Falk's request for conservatorship for Falk, but she has scheduled a hearing in May (27May09) to decide whether court intervention is necessary to allow visits between the actor and his daughter.
Judge Bobb, who recently oversaw Britney Spears' bid to extend restraining orders against ex-boyfriend Adnan Ghalib and former manager Sam Lutfi, will determine just how close Falk and his daughter were before he fell ill at the evidentiary hearing.
Catherine Falk petitioned for a conservatorship in December, revealing her father was suffering from Alzheimers disease and advanced dementia. She claimed Falks wife, Shera, was preventing her from visiting her father.
Bobb previously granted Catherine Falk a 30-minute supervised visit with her father last month (Feb09), after the actor's daughter revealed she had not seen the TV favourite for six months.