Wednesday, August 9, 2006

NY Legislature Passes Bill to Provide Right to Counsel in Child Custody Proceedings

Laura K. Abel, Deputy Director, Poverty Program, Brennan Center for Justice at NYU School of Law reports that on August 4th, the New York State legislature passed a

civil right to counsel bill

and it is now awaiting signature by the Governor. 

The bill would extend to matrimonial proceedings in NY Supreme Court involving child custody the statutory right to counsel already guaranteed for child custody proceedings in NY Family Court.  Up until now, an odd loophole in NY State law provided a right to counsel for the parents in child custody proceedings in Family Court but not in the Supreme Court (where divorces are heard).

For the complete text of the bill Download s8096a10447_cl.pdf (August 9, 2006 bgf)

http://lawprofessors.typepad.com/family_law/2006/08/ny_legislature_.html

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