G.S. v. T.S
In G.S. v. T.S., 23 Conn. App. 509, 582 A.2d 467 (1990), the Court held that it was an abuse of discretion not to appoint counsel for the minor children. Id., 510.
In G.S., the issue concerning the appointment of counsel for the minor children was raised in a pretrial motion. In that case, we explained that "this motion was never addressed by either the court or the defendant . . . and the court's failure to appoint counsel went to the vital issue of custody in the case. . . . Where custody is contested and where allegations of child abuse, specifically allegations of sexual molestation, are known to the trial court prior to the commencement of trial and where they become abundantly clear during the first day of testimony, it is an abuse of discretion not to appoint counsel for the minor children." Id.