Alaska Supreme Court: some custody cases might require counsel

03/17/2017, Litigation, Custody Disputes - Parents

In Dennis O. v. Stephanie O., No. S-15802 (Alaska 2017), while the Supreme Court of Alaska declined to find a categorical right to counsel for parents in custody cases facing an opponent with counsel, it specified that "If the particular facts of a case demonstrate that the parent would otherwise be deprived of a meaningful opportunity to be heard, procedural due process may require court appointment of counsel to a parent in a custody proceeding.”

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no

 

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