Divorce is never easy, but some divorces are far cheaper, faster and less painful than others. There is a way to avoid having your divorce turn into a made-for-TV-movie, but a low-conflict divorce depends primarily on the relationship of the divorcing spouses. For couples that can cooperate, compromise
In South Dakota, a court will divide marital property during a divorce based on a system called equitable distribution. This means that the property will be split between spouses in a way that is equitable based on the whole picture of how they lived during marriage and what their individual needs will be after divorce.
In a divorce, South Dakota courts sometimes order the financially better-off spouse to provide support to the other spouse (the “supported spouse”) through alimony. When the supported spouse remarries, however, the paying spouse will usually want to stop making alimony payments.
When two people fall in love and decide to marry, the last thing that’s on their mind is divorce. Yet a sizeable percentage of American marriages end in divorce, so for many couples, the prudent thing to do is to work out a prenuptial agreement before they marry. What Is a Prenuptial Agreement? A prenuptial
Both parents of minor children are legally obligated to financially support their children. When parents of minor children break up or divorce, the noncustodial parent (the parent with less parenting time) typically provides financially support to his or her children by paying child support to the custodial
Although life with an abusive partner sometimes plays out like a TV drama, it does not need to end tragically. Like many other states, South Dakota takes domestic violence seriously and provides resources and protections to victims and their families. Depending on the severity and frequency of domestic
Both Parents Must Support the Child In South Dakota, both parents have a duty to support their child. Typically, however, only the non-custodial parent makes child support payments. The non-custodial parent is the parent who spends less than half time with the child (or children).