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Click here for the full text of this decision FACTS: Lori Circone has appealed from an order rendered pursuant to a mediated settlement agreement modifying possession of the children and directing her to pay child support to her former husband, John Circone. Lori contends that, during a hearing opposing entry of the mediated settlement agreement, the trial court erred by refusing to allow counsel to question the attorney ad litem about a number of matters concerning his activities in connection with the mediation, that the court erred by failing to require the attorney ad litem to present a fact-finding that the agreement was in the best interests of the children, and that the court erred by concluding a party cannot withdraw consent to a mediated settlement after the requirements of Texas Family Code �153.0071(d) have been met. She also contends the court made erroneous findings that there was no defense to a mediated settlement agreement and by failing to prepare additional findings of fact and conclusions of law on request. HOLDING: Affirmed. Counsel does not take the position that there is any defect in the agreement or that the mediated settlement agreement does not comply with subsection (d). Counsel argues appellant should be able to withdraw her consent to the agreement. To support that position, he argues the court erred by refusing to permit him to introduce evidence about the actions or inaction of the attorney ad litem representing the children. That is not contemplated by the statute. In a binding arbitration context, the code provides opportunity for a non-jury hearing to show that the award is not in the best interest of the child, and the code expressly allows the trial court to avoid rendition of an order based on that award. �153.0071(b). This is not an arbitration proceeding. It is a mediation that took place pursuant to �153.0071(c)-(e). Those subdivisions specifically provide that, so long as the requirements of the statute are met as to the form of the agreement, a party is entitled to judgment notwithstanding Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 11 or “another rule of law.” If those requirements are met, as they are in this case, the Family Code contains no language allowing the trial court to review the mediation and explicitly requires the court to enter judgment based on the mediation agreement. Two courts have reviewed this statute and have applied the statute as written. The Corpus Christi court held that a trial court is required to enter judgment on a mediated settlement-even when the mediation is not under the direction of the court. In Re: J.A.W.-N., 94 S.W.3d 119 (Tex. App. � Corpus Christi 2002, no pet.). The Eastland court analyzed a case similar to this one and held that, in a mediated settlement agreement context under this statute, even if one party “withdrew consent,” the trial court was required to enter judgment on the agreement. Alvarez v. Reiser, 958 S.W.2d 232 (Tex. App. � Eastland 1997, pet. denied). Under the terms of this statute, the trial court had no authority to go behind the signed agreement of the parties, which explicitly (as required by statute in the alternative) stated in underlined capital letters the agreement was not subject to revocation. The agreement was signed, and the specific term was also initialed by appellant. The statute requires the trial court to render judgment on the mediated agreement. The appellant’s arguments might be reviewable on appeal had this been an arbitration proceeding. However, they have no application to this mediation proceeding under the express terms of �153.0071(c)-(e). OPINION: Ross, J.; Morriss, C.J., Ross and Carter, JJ.

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