Right to counsel

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Legislation, Paternity - Defendant/Respondent

N.Y. Fam. Ct. Act § 262(a)(viii) provides a right to counsel for respondents in proceedings under Article 5 of the Family Court Act to establish paternity.

This right to counsel extends to the appeal. N.Y. Fam. Ct. Act § 1120(a).


Where these proceedings take place in the New York Supreme Court, the parties have the same rights to counsel as identified above. N.Y. Jud. Law § 35(8) (providing for fees to be paid to appoint counsel when the supreme court exercises jurisdiction over family court matter "whereby, if such proceedings were pending in family court, such court would be required by [section 262] of the family court act to appoint counsel")

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: no