Debtor's Prison (Including Child Support Contempt) - Cases

  1. In re Custody of Halls (Halls v. Arden), 109 P.3d 15 (Wash. App. 2005).

    1. Docs from the Halls case:


      Appellant's brief

      CIRCLE amicus brief

      NWLC amicus brief


      Motion to publish

      Order to publish

  2. Liming v. Damos, Slip Copy, 2011 WL 2225067 (Ohio App. 2011).

  3. Miller v. Deal, NO. 2011CV198121 (Ga. Sup. Ct. 2011), class cert reversed, Deal v. Miller, -- S.E.2d ----, 2013 WL 1137007 (Ga.App. 2013), review granted, Miller v. Deal, NO. S13G1197 (Ga. 2013).

    1. Case briefs and other documents are at

    2. Rhonda Cook, Lawsuit: State Should Provide Lawyers for Delinquent Child Support Payers, Atlanta Journal-Constitution (Mar. 22, 2011), available at

  4. Turner v. Rogers (Price), 2011 WL 2437010 (U.S. 2011).

    1. Associated Press, Supreme Court Rejects 'Civil Gideon', Maryland Daily Record (June 20, 2011), available at

    2. Associated Press, Supreme Court Rules Rights Violated in Jailing Over Child Support, New York Times (June 20, 2011).

    3. Kimberly Atkins, Right to Counsel in Civil Cases?  Recent Supreme Court Case Opens the Door, Experts Say, LawyersUSA (August 30, 2011).

    4. Andrew Cohen, Turner's Trumpet: Child Support and the Right to Counsel, The Atlantic (June 21, 2011), available at

    5. Concurring Opinions, Turner v. Rogers Online Symposium (June 2011), available at

    6. Albert S. Dandridge, Supreme Court Spotlight: The Positive Aspects of Turner v. Rogers, Upon Further Review (July 6, 2011), available at

    7. Editorial, Legal Help for Indigent Parents, New York Times (June 26, 2011), available at

    8. William Honrath, U.s. Supreme Court Rules 'No' on Right to Appointed Counsel Can Wisconsin Say 'Yes' To the Court's 'No'?, 31 Wis. J. Fam. L. 47 (2011).

    9. David Ingram, Court Rejects Right to Counsel in Civil Contempt Cases, National Law Journal (June 20, 2011), available at

    10. Nathan Koppel, SCOTUS: Civil Litigants Do Not Have Automatic Right to Counsel, Wall Street Journal Law Blog (June 21, 2011), available at

    11. Adam Liptak, Court Issues Split Ruling on Poor's Right to Counsel, New York Times (June 20, 2011), available at

    12. Jordan Margolis, "If You Are Unable to Afford An Attorney, One Will NOT Be Appointed for You", InjuryBoard BlogNetwork (Sept. 5, 2011), available at

    13. Joy Moses, Families Lose in Child Support Case, Center for American Progress (June 22, 2011), available at

    14. Stephanie Rabiner, Supreme Court: Deadbeat Dads Have No Right to Counsel,, FindLaw (June 22, 2011), available at

    15. Mark Walsh, A Sour Note From Gideon's Trumpet, ABA Journal (Sept. 1, 2011), available at

    16. Debra Cassens Weiss, Supreme Court Finds No Automatic Right to Counsel in Child Support Contempt Proceedings, ABA Journal (June 20, 2011), available at