Discretionary appointment of counsel - paternity (child)
Legislation, Other subject area
In actions under the Parentage Act, [i]n any proceedings involving the support, allocation of parental responsibilities, parenting time, education, parentage, property interest, relocation, or general welfare of a minor or dependent child, the court may, on its own motion or that of any party, appoint an attorney to serve in one of the capacities specified in Section 506 of the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act.” 750 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 46/809(b). In an action to adjudicate parentage, “[t]he court shall appoint a guardian ad litem, child’s representative, or attorney for the child to represent a minor or incapacitated child if the child is a party or the court finds that the interests of the child are not adequately represented.” 750 Ill. Comp. Stat. Ann. 46/613.
If "yes", the established right to counsel or discretionary appointment of counsel is limited in some way, including any of: the only authority is a lower/intermediate court decision or a city council, not a high court or state legislature; there has been a subsequent case that has cast doubt; a statute is ambiguous; or the right or discretionary appointment is not for all types of individuals or proceedings within that category.
Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no