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South Dakota Child Custody Laws

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Courts in South Dakota have some strict guidelines in terms of determining the child custody.


They consider the best interest of the child while deciding the terms of custody to be awarded.

Some general guidelines included in the South Dakota child custody laws include the following.

  • Filing a custody petition in the court.
  • Preparing a precise parenting plan and attending the hearings of the court before making the final decision.
  • Judges consider diverse factors to determine the custody after attending the proceedings.
  • Finally, they determine the type of custody that is generally believed to be in the best interests of the child.
  • Once determined, it becomes pretty difficult to modify the custody decision.

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