Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Legislation, Custody Disputes - Children

In a case with contested issues of child custody, visitation rights, or support, the court has discretion to appoint independent counsel for a child who is the subject of the case. Md. Code. Fam. Law § 1-202.


One of the Maryland rules provides parameters on what the court should consider in deciding whether to appoint counsel. MD. R. 9-205.1(b).


The Maryland Lawyers' Rules of Professional Conduct govern what role the attorney should play for the child. MD. R. 9-205.1(c)(1)(A).

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no