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HB 86 – Right to Counsel for Indigent Parents in Custody Cases

House Bill 86 establishes a right to counsel for indigent parents in DSCYF custody proceedings. The bill provides that parental representation will primarily be provided by a legal services entity contracted with by the Family Court, but may also be provided by the Office of Defense Services or a private attorney appointed by the Court.

Custody matters are serious legal proceedings, much like landlord-tenant actions, and parents, no matter which side, should not go into them as pro-se, or unrepresented, parties. The stakes are too important and there are many legal obstacles and hurdles that parties have to be aware of.

The bill is currently in the House Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 86 – Right to Counel for Indigent parents in Juvenile casesCurrrent Status – House Judiciary 3/17/23
House SponsorsGriffith, Baumbach, Chukwuocha, Johnson, Morrison, Wilson-AntonSenate SponsorsGay, Hoffner, Sokola
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