Right to counsel

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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (Private) - Children

In a private agency guardianship and adoption, the prospective adoptee has a right to counsel where he or she is at least 10 years old and is either a minor or under a disability. Md. Code Fam. Law § 5-3A-07(b)(1). In an independent adoption, the prospective adoptee has a right to counsel where he or she is both under a disability and at least 10 years old. Md. Code Fam. Law § 5-3B-06(b)(1).

 

Other than those situations, the court has discretion to appoint independent counsel for a child who is the subject of the case. Md. Code Fam. Law § 1-202.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes