Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Legislation, Custody Disputes - Children

In actions for custody, partial custody, or visitation of children, “The court may appoint counsel to represent the child if the court determines that the appointment will assist in resolving the issues in the custody proceeding. If a child has legal counsel and a guardian ad litem, counsel shall represent the legal interests of the child and the guardian ad litem shall represent the best interests of the child.”  23 Pa.C.S. § 5335(a).  Subsection (b) adds that “Substantial allegations of abuse of the child constitute a reasonable basis for appointing counsel for the child.”  S

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no