Right to counsel

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

Indigent parents have a right to counsel upon request in termination of parental rights cases. Iowa Code § 232.113(1).


In In re E.J.C., 731 N.W.2d 402, 404 (Iowa Ct. App. 2007), the court held that the statutory right to counsel cannot be denied to an indigent parent facing involuntary termination proceedings, even where the request for counsel is made on the eve of the hearing.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no