Judge Mary Brown has reportedly tossed out a prior ruling in the colloquially referred to “Save James” court battle that granted father Jeff Younger joint conservatorship over son James, eight, who his ex-wife asserts identifies as a girl.
The Texas exes have been engaged in legal warfare since Younger’s ex-wife, pediatrician Anne Georgulas, filed a lawsuit to restrict the father’s contact with his two boys, James and Jude, and would require him to refer to James as “Luna.”
Younger petitioned for sole custody of his children but was awarded joint conservatorship in October of last year, which includes joint medical decisions. Last week, the Texas judge appointed to the case in January, reversed that decision.
Now Georgulas, who Younger claims has told James that he is a girl since the age of three, is reportedly allowed to enroll James in school as a girl named Luna without Dad’s consent. The judge has ordered Younger to pay $5,000 a month for transitioning counseling, as well as the $10k retainer the therapist requires.
Younger cannot comment on the ruling due to a 2019 gag order, but the Help Save James Facebook page, run by a supporter of the father of two released a statement. “James and Jude did NOT have a victory in court today. Judge Mary Brown has condemned James and Jude to a life of therapy, confusion, and abuse without even having a hearing. There are no other words for what has happened today.”
Here are some highlights from the case: