Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (Private) - Children

Minn. Stat. § 259.65 provides that the court is empowered (but not required) to appoint counsel for any child being adopted, and may order the adopting parents to pay the costs of these services. 


See also  Minn. R. Adopt. Proc. 23.02 subd. 1 ("Pursuant to Minnesota Statutes § 259.65, in any adoption matter the court may appoint an attorney for the person being adopted. The court may inquire into the ability of the adopting parent to pay for the attorney's services and, after giving the adopting parent a reasonable opportunity to be heard, may order the adopting parent to pay the attorney's fees.")

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no