Right to counsel

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

The Alaska Supreme Court has said that indigent parents have a right to counsel in termination of parental rights cases under the state constitution's due process clause. The court relied on Flores v. Flores, 598 P.2d 893, 895 (Alaska 1979), which had extended the right to abuse/neglect cases.

Cite: V.F. v. State, 666 P.2d 42, 45 (Alaska 1983).

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no