Right to counsel

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Legislation, Abuse/Neglect/Dependency - Accused Parents

NMSA 1978, § 32A-4-10(B) specifies that "At the inception of an abuse or neglect proceeding, counsel shall be appointed for the parent, guardian or custodian of the child. The appointed counsel shall represent the parent, guardian or custodian who is named as a party until an indigency determination is made at the custody hearing. Counsel shall also be appointed if, in the court's discretion, appointment of counsel is required in the interest of justice."

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no