Right to counsel

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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Birth Parents

Indigent parents have a right to counsel in a non-consensual guardianship action brought by the state to terminate parental rights.  Md. Code Ann. Fam. Law § 5-323(b); Md. Code Ann., Crim. Proc. § 16-204(b)(1)(vi).  See also Md. Code Ann., Fam. Law § 5-1405 (where state seeks to terminate parental rights due to nonconsensual sexual conduct that resulted in child, parent is entitled to appointed counsel if indigent).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no