ABA, legal aid groups support right to counsel in Alaska custody case

11/08/2015, Litigation, Custody Disputes - Birth Parents

Under prior Alaska law, parents have a right to counsel in custody cases whenever their opponent is represented by state-funded counsel, meaning legal aid or the statewide pro bono network.  A case accepted for review by the Alaska Supreme Court, Olson v. Olson, explores whether parents have a right to counsel in custody cases where their opponent is represented by private counsel.  The ABA has filed an amicus brief urging the court to recognize the right based on equal protection, and a collection of Alaska legal aid providers also filed an amicus brief in support of the right to counsel based on due process.

 

Nccrc_involvement_icon NCCRC assisted with the amicus briefs filed by the ABA and the legal services groups.