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“A Dallas judge has ruled that both parents should have joint custody of a 7-year-old whose gender identity became central to their court battle, which drew attention from politicians across Texas.
The judge’s order came just days after a jury rendered a verdict giving the mother sole conservatorship of the child.
In her ruling, Judge Kim Cooks said a “substantial change in circumstances with child or parent,” warranted her decision to award joint custody.
The child was considered to be male at birth. The mother, pediatrician Anne Georgulas, has argued the child is a transgender girl. The father, Jeffrey Younger, maintains the child is a boy.
CNN is not naming the 7-year-old to protect the child’s privacy.
In 2018, Georgulas filed a lawsuit seeking to modify her custody agreement with Younger. She wanted Younger to affirm the child with a girl’s name inside and outside the home, among other requests essentially forcing the father to embrace the child’s gender expressions. Judge Kim Cooks ultimately denied the request, saying Friday that “the Court finds that the State of Texas has no compelling interest to justify such interference.””
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