South Dakota has specific laws for judges to follow when deciding if alimony is appropriate and if it is, the type, amount, and duration available to a needy spouse. Before you file for divorce, you should understand the process.
Deciding to file for divorce is emotional and exhausting. If you've ever heard stories from friends or family who have gone through a divorce, you're probably concerned that your divorce is going to financially ruin you and destroy your relationships. Fortunately, for divorcing spouses in South Dakota, if you meet strict requirements, the court may have a better option.
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.
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
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