In South Dakota, can a domestic abuse or assault conviction be considered when awarding custody of my minor children?

Yes.  Under South Dakota law, a court considers:

  • A conviction of domestic abuse as defined in subdivision 25-10-1(1); or
  • A conviction of assault against a person as defined in subdivision 25-10-1(2), except against any person related by consanguinity, but not living in the same household; or
  • A history of domestic abuse.

A conviction or history of domestic abuse creates a rebuttable presumption that awarding custody to the abusive parent is not in the best interest of the minor. 

Brooke Swier Schloss
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