Discretionary appointment of counsel for child in arbitrated custody dispute

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07/11/2017, Legislation, Custody Disputes - Children

For private custody proceedings, Hawaii in 2017 enacted the Uniform Family Law Arbitration Act, which provides at Haw. Rev. Stat. § 658J-13(c)(12) that when parents agree to arbitrate a custody dispute, the arbitrator has the power to appoint an attorney or guardian ad litem for the child at the expense of the parents.

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: yes