Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Legislation, Custody Disputes - Children

NMSA 1978, Section 40-4-8 gives judges the discretionary power to appoint an attorney as guardian ad litem for children in private custody disputes "on the court's motion or upon application of any party to appear for and represent the minor children. Expenses, costs and attorneys' fees for the guardian ad litem may be allocated among the parties as determined by the court."

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no