Nevada Supreme Court case will decide right to counsel in child support cases

08/03/2017, Litigation, Civil Contempt in Family Court

A new case pending before the Nevada Supreme Court, Foley v. Foley, will address a question left unresolved by the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in Turner v. Rogers: whether noncustodial parents have a right to counsel in a proceeding initiated by the governmentprior to being incarcerated for failing to pay child support.  An amicus brief submitted by the ACLU of Nevada with substantial input from the NCCRC urges the court to recognize the national consensus on this issue, and argues that the procedural protections outlined in Turner v. Rogers are insufficient to protect defendants in these cases.


Nccrc_involvement_icon NCCRC co-authored one of the amicus briefs in the case.