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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Children

Utah Code § 80-3-104(3) specifies:


(a) In [every] an abuse, neglect, or dependency proceeding under this chapter, the juvenile court shall order that the child be represented by an attorney guardian ad litem, in accordance with Section 78A-2-803.

(b) A guardian ad litem appointed under Subsection (3)(a) shall represent the best interest of the minor, in accordance with the requirements of Section 78A-2-803:


(i) at the shelter hearing and at all subsequent court and administrative proceedings, including any proceeding for termination of parental rights in accordance with Chapter 4, Termination and Restoration of Parental Rights; and


(ii) in other actions initiated under this chapter when appointed by the court under Section 78A-2-803 or as otherwise provided by law.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes