Discretionary appointment of counsel

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Legislation, Termination of Parental Rights (Private) - Children

In adoption cases, N.M. Stat § 32A-5-33 states in part, “In any contested proceeding, the court shall appoint a guardian ad litem for the adoptee.  The court may appoint the child’s attorney pursuant to the Abuse and Neglect Act if the child is fourteen years of age or older and in the custody of the department.”

Appointment of Counsel: discretionary Qualified: yes