Right to counsel

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Legislation, Custody Disputes - Birth Parents

Indigent parents in custody cases are entitled to representation by the Office of Public Advocacy if the opposing party is represented by counsel provided by a public agency. Alaska Stat. § 44.21.410(a)(4).

 

The court has said that the Alaska Legal Services Corporation and the Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault are both "public agencies."  Flores v. Flores, 598 P.2d 893 (Alaska 1979); In the Matter of Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, 264 P.3d 835 (Alaska 2011).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes