Right to counsel

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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (Private) - Children

the court in In re S.A.W., 856 P.2d 286, 289 (Okla. 1993) extended In re T.M.H., 613 P.2d 468, 470-71 (Okla.1980) (which found a statutory right to independent counsel for children in state-initiated terminations) to private parental termination actions, although it is unclear whether T.M.H. is still good law given that the statute now governing (Okla. Stat. tit. 10A, § 1-4-306) does not mention termination of parental rights cases.

Appointment of Counsel: categorical Qualified: yes