South Dakota Child Support Factors

Either or both parents may be ordered to provide child support. There is an official child support obligation schedule set forth in the statute. Deviation from the official schedule may be based on a consideration of the following factors: (1) the financial condition of either parent that would make application of the schedule inequitable; (2) income tax consequences; (3) any special needs of the child; (4) income from other persons; (5) the effect of custody and visitation provisions; (6) childcare expenses necessary to obtain employment, education, or training; (7) agreements between the parents which provide other forms of support for the direct benefit of the child; (8) a voluntary reduction in the income of either parent; and (9) any other support obligations of a parent. The support payments may be ordered to be paid through the court clerk. Wage withholding orders may also be ordered. [South Dakota Codified Laws; Title 25, Chapters 25-3-11, 25-4-38, 25-4-45, 25-7-6.2 to 25-7-6.12, and 25-7A-9.]

South Dakota child support is typically calculated by using a Child Support Worksheet. The worksheet will generate an appropriate South Dakota child support obligation according to each spouse’s income and other relative numeric factors such as taxes paid and retirement contributions, etc.. Once this amount is determined it is essential to take a look at any appropriate South Dakota child support deviation factors that may be applicable to the situation. You can get more information about South Dakota child support in the South Dakota state statutes located at: