Right to counsel

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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (State) - Children

Children in dependency and termination of parental rights proceedings are entitled to the services of a guardian ad litem, Ala Code. § 12-15-304(a), and this GAL must be a licensed attorney. Ala. Code. § 12-15-102(10); see also Ala. Code § 26-14-11 ("In every case involving an abused or neglected child which results in a judicial proceeding, an attorney shall be appointed to represent the child in such proceedings. Such attorney will represent the rights, interests, welfare, and well-being of the child, and serve as guardian ad litem for the child.").

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes