Texas Family Code
Sec. § 153.6082
Report of Joint Proposal or Statement of Intent; Agreements and Recommendations


(a)

If the parties have been ordered by the court to attempt to settle parenting issues with the assistance of a parenting coordinator or parenting facilitator and to attempt to reach a proposed joint resolution or statement of intent regarding the dispute, the parenting coordinator or parenting facilitator, as applicable, shall submit a written report describing the parties joint proposal or statement to the parties, any attorneys for the parties, and any attorney for the child who is the subject of the suit.

(b)

The proposed joint resolution or statement of intent is not an agreement unless the resolution or statement is:

(1)

prepared by the parties attorneys, if any, in a form that meets the applicable requirements of:

(A)

Rule 11, Texas Rules of Civil Procedure;

(B)

a mediated settlement agreement described by Section 153.0071;

(C)

a collaborative law agreement described by Section 153.0072;

(D)

a settlement agreement described by Section 154.071, Civil Practice and Remedies Code; or

(E)

a proposed court order; and

(2)

incorporated into an order signed by the court.

(c)

A parenting coordinator or parenting facilitator may not draft a document listed in Subsection (b)(1).

(d)

The actions of a parenting coordinator or parenting facilitator under this section do not constitute the practice of law.

(e)

If the parties have been ordered by the court to attempt to settle parenting issues with the assistance of a parenting facilitator and are unable to settle those issues, the parenting facilitator may make recommendations, other than recommendations regarding the conservatorship of or possession of or access to the child, to the parties and attorneys to implement or clarify provisions of an existing court order that are consistent with the substantive intent of the court order and in the best interest of the child who is the subject of the suit. A recommendation authorized by this subsection does not affect the terms of an existing court order.
Added by Acts 2009, 81st Leg., R.S., Ch. 1113 (H.B. 1012), Sec. 22, eff. September 1, 2009.
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