25-4-45.4 Counsel appointed for child in certain divorce or custody proceedings--Duty of counsel--As...
Counsel appointed for child in certain divorce or custody proceedings--Duty of
Notwithstanding the provisions of § 26-7A-31, if the court determines
mediation as provided in § 25-4-56 is not feasible the court may appoint counsel for any child
involved in any divorce or custody proceeding, in which the child is alleged to be neglected or
abused, or if a parent, guardian, or custodian request counsel be appointed in such proceeding and
if the court determines that it is in the best interest of the child to have counsel appointed for the
child. The counsel shall be charged with representation of the child's best interests and may not be
counsel for any other party involved. The court may designate other persons who may or may not
be attorneys to assist in the performance of the counsel's duties. The court shall allocate the cost of
the appointed counsel between the parents, guardian, or custodian of the child.
Source: SL 1990, ch 199; SDCL, § 26-10-17.1.