This 2013 Texas Supreme Court case tackles the important family law issue of whether a trial court may refuse to enter judgment on a statutorily compliant mediated settlement agreement (MSA) based on a decision that the MSA is not in a minor child’s best interest. This decision was highly controversial, as evidenced by the fact that four justices dissented. The parties in this case, Stephanie Lee and Benjamin Redus, are two parents who are the joint managing conservators of their minor daughter. A 2007 court order gave Stephanie the sole right to designate the child’s primary residence. Benjamin petitioned the court to modify that order and the two entered into mediation to settle the dispute. The mediation resulted in a completed MSA, which is the subject of this suit.
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