Right to counsel

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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Birth Parents

Parents have a right to counsel in proceedings under the Children's Code involving the involuntary termination of parental rights. Wis. Stat. Ann. §§ 48.23(2). For parents over the age of 18, if the parent appears to be unable to afford counsel or if a request is made to the court, the court must refer the parent to indigency determinations under Wis. Stat. Ann. § 977.07(1). Wis. Stat. Ann. § 48.23(4). "In any other situation under this section in which a person has a right to be represented by counsel or is provided counsel at the discretion of the court, competent and independent counsel shall be provided and reimbursed in any manner suitable to the court regardless of the person's ability to pay …"  Wis. Stat. Ann. § 48.23(4).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no