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In the state of South Dakota, when divorce has been granted, the court may compel one party to make a suitable allowance to the other for life or a finite period, as they see fit. The court may take into consideration any factors they find relevant to the specific case.
Two main factors to be considered by the court are whether the spouse seeking support lacks the appropriate property to provide for their reasonable needs, based on the standard of living established during marriage, and whether they are able to support his or herself through employment.
The maintenance order will be in an amount and for a length of time that the court finds just dependent on all relevant factors, which include, but are not limited to:
- The financial resources of the individual seeking maintenance
- The current income, employment, and other earnings of each party
- The potential ear ....... Click here to get more info on Alimony
Grounds for divorce include:
- extreme cruelty
- willful desertion
- willful neglect
- habitual intemperance
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The court will decide a request for visitation based on whether granting a parent visitation would be in the "best interests of the child" which consists of: What is considered in a child's "best interests" are outlined under the custody and visitation statute which indicate the following factors are relevant to this type of decision: the emotional ties between the child and oth ....... Click here to get more info on Visitation