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.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no