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South Dakota Divorce

The South Dakota Family Law Center is a resource on divorce and family law in the State of South Dakota for non-lawyers and pro se litigants. Please let us know if we have omitted a link to an important state resource and we will gladly add it.

Courts and Community Resources

Lawyers and Divorce
Glossary of Family Law Terms
South Dakota Court System
State Bar of South Dakota
South Dakota Self-help Center - South Dakota Courts
USD Law School Library

State Statutory Resources

If you wish to review your State's Statutes or Code, click the links below:

South Dakota Legislature - Codified Laws

Divorce Law

Grounds for divorce in South Dakota include "no-fault" grounds of irreconcilable differences. Fault grounds may include adultery, extreme cruelty, willful desertion, willful neglect, habitual intemperance, and conviction of a felony. The party filing for divorce must be a resident of the state (or stationed in the state while a member of the armed forces) and remain a resident until the divorce decree is final.

Divorce and Separate Maintenance - South Dakota Codified Laws Chapter 25-4
South Dakota Divorce - information from the State Bar of South Dakota
Representing Yourself in South Dakota Courts - .pdf informational brochure from South Dakota Courts

Marriage and Living Together Laws

South Dakota Marriage License Information

Child Support

South Dakota Interactive Child Support Calculator
How Are Child Support Obligations Determined?
Child Support Services
South Dakota Department of Social Services - Child Support Offices
Child Support Explained

Child Custody and Visitation Law

South Dakota Parenting Time Guidelines - .pdf informational brochure from the South Dakota Courts
Custody and Visitation Rights Law - South Dakota Codified Laws Chapter 25-4A
FAQ on Child Custody and Visitation
Child Custody Resources

Property Division

South Dakota is an "equitable distribution" property state.

Division of Property Between Parties - South Dakota Codified Laws Chapter 25-4-44