How are child support obligations determined in South Dakota?

The South Dakota Legislature has established guidelines which courts must follow to determine that an equitable share of parental income and resources are allocated to the child when that child’s parents are separated, divorced or unmarried.

The combined monthly net incomes of both parents are used in determining the obligation and divided proportionately between the parents based on their respective net incomes. The noncustodial parent's proportionate share establishes the amount of the child support order.

The court may also apportion the costs for child care and health and dental insurance between the parents.  These guidelines are presumed appropriate unless either parent presents evidence warranting a deviation.

Orders are established in accordance with the South Dakota child support guidelines.  To determine the child support payment based on the combined monthly net income of both parents and the number of children, you can utilize the Child Support Obligation Schedule.

Brooke Swier Schloss
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