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Maybe your divorce order included a child support order, or maybe you had to drag your ex back into court to get a child support order. Regardless, South Dakota gives you three ways to get your child support payments. The information below will help you learn more about this and other South Dakota family law issues.
Both parents have a financial obligation to pay for the care and feeding of a child, regardless of marital history. If you have primary custody of your child are a stay-at-home mom or dad, South Dakota family law will require the other parent to get health insurance for the child. However, this is only true if the insurance is available through the other parent's employer.
The South Dakota Office of Child Support Enforcement (OCSE) has many ways to force a parent to pay court-ordered child support, even if that parent is self-employed or unemployed. If the other parent lives outside of South Dakota, OCSE can work with the noncustodial parent's state to enforce any child support ordered in South Dakota.
How Child Support is Calculated:
How to Get Your Child Support Payments:
How to Write a Valid Premarital Agreement:
Check out the full text of the South Dakota Statutes for more details.
The Department of Social Services is the central payment center for the state and handles all disbursements (SDCL 25-7A-3.2). Once the modified order is filed with the Clerk of Courts, all future child support payments shall be made payable to the Office of Child Support Enforcement and mailed to: Child Support Payment Center, 700 Governors Drive, Suite 84, Pierre, SD 57501. Payments may also be made electronically by credit/debit card or e-check by visiting the South Dakota Department of Social Services E-payments page.
Even the most common family law issue can be intensely stressful. A knowledgeable family lawyer can guide you through the process. An attorney will coach you on how to proceed and give expert guidance on hearings, trials and enforcing court orders. Take the first step now and talk to an experienced local family attorney.