Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Legislation, Custody Disputes - Children

R.I. Gen. Laws § 15-5-16.2(c)(1) specifies that in divorce proceedings, "The court may, if in its discretion it deems it necessary or advisable, appoint an attorney or a guardian ad litem to represent the interest of a minor or dependent child with respect to his or her support, custody, and visitation."  The statute goes on to provide criteria the judge should use in deciding whether to make such an appointment.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: no