Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Legislation, Paternity - Petitioner or Child

In actions to establish paternity, the department of revenue, and its division of child support enforcement, which is known statutorily as "the IV-D agency," may appear on behalf of a plaintiff in an action to establish paternity. M.G.L. ch. 119A, § 3. Additionally, M.G.L. ch. 209C, § 7 provides that "In paternity actions in which custody or visitation are contested, court may appoint counsel to represent either party whenever the interests of justice require".

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no