How does a South Dakota court determine the child’s “primary caretaker”?

A child’s “primary caretaker” is determined by reviewing which parent invested the predominant time, care, and consistency in raising the child. This can be shown by (1) spending time with the child; (2) preparing meals; (3) playing; (4) attending to medical care; (5) choosing clothing; (6) , involvement in school; (7) attending the child’s extracurricular activities; (8) reading to the child; (9) preparing birthday parties; (10) knowing the pediatrician; (11) consistent disciplining; (12) arranging transportation; and (13) providing appropriate clothing, foods and toys. 

Brooke Swier Schloss
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