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South Dakota Child Support Guidelines

Factors Used to Determine Child Support in South Dakota


A court in South Dakota uses several criteria to make a proper child support order during a child support hearing. In South Dakota, parents are obligated to support a minor child until the child turns age 18, or age 19 if the child attends secondary school. Here is some more information about elements considered in a child custody order in a South Dakota child support case:

Income Sources

A court in South Dakota will consider the following income sources in calculating a child support order:

  • Salaries
  • Commissions
  • Overtime
  • Employee benefits
  • Bonuses
  • Worker's compensation
  • Disability
  • Pensions
  • Self-employment income

Child Support Factors

In South Dakota, the court will consider the following factors when ordering child support:

  • Financial resources of parents, including a parent's assets if the parent's income is insufficient to cover child support expenses
  • Payments made on current spousal or child support obligations
  • Actual unreimbursed business expenses incurred by a parent
  • Taxes
  • Contributions to an IRS retirement plan (not exceeding 10%)
  • Agreement made between the parents
  • Education or health care special needs of the child
  • Income of a subsequent spouse (which is only considered if the standard child support calculation creates a financial hardship for the parent)
  • Financial obligation to other children

Non-Income Based Child Support Factors

In addition to child support payments, a South Dakota court may order a parent to:

  • Add a child to a parent's health insurance coverage or contribute to health care expenses
  • Contribute to child care expenses

For more information about factors considered in a child support order in South Dakota, speak with a qualified attorney in South Dakota or refer to the South Dakota Child Support Guidelines.

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