Disputing Blog by Karl Bayer, Victoria VanBuren, and Holly Hayes
For the first time in 25 years, the State Bar of Texas Family Law Council has filed an amicus curiae brief in an appeal pending before the Texas Supreme Court.
The council submitted the brief on Jan. 9, urging the Supreme Court to grant a mandamus to force a family law judge to approve a mediated settlement agreement (MSA) in a custody dispute. The judge in that suit, 309th District Judge Sheri Dean of Houston, refused to approve the MSA between Stephanie Lee and Benjamin Jay Redus, on the ground it was not in the best interest of a child. The council argues in the amicus that the judiciary should not create common-law exceptions to the enforceability of MSAs.
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