What is physical custody?
Physical custody is a term often used in child custody orders to define the parent with whom the child lives with or spends time with. Physical custody can be primary or shared.
What is legal custody?
A parent with legal custody can make decisions about the child’s education, medical care and religious upbringing. In many
states, the Court awards joint legal custody which means that the decision making is shared by both parents.
What are the South Dakota Parenting Guidelines?
The South Dakota Parenting Guidelines are general rules and a guide for separated or divorced parents and provides suggestions regarding parenting time schedules.
What are the Best Interests of Children?
Sioux Falls Attorney, Tom Keller, provides a comprehensive overview of the Best Interest Factors and how they are applied in
South Dakota. You can read Mr. Keller’s overview at www.thomaskellerlaw.com/Current_Events_Hot_Topic.html. You can read the SD Supreme Court Opinion which clarified the best interest factors within child custody and are often referred to
as the "Fuerstenberg Factors." You may also access the Joint Physical Custody Factors which were passed in July 2014. In consideration of
the child's best interests, the Court is obligated to review the best intersts of the child in addition to the joint physical custody factors if applicable.
What is Child Support?
The South Dakota Legislature established guidelines which Courts must use to determine that an equitable share of parental
income and resources are allocated to the child when the parents are separated, divorced or unmarried. The combined monthly net incomes of both parents must be used in determining the obligation and
divided proportionally between the parents based on their respect net incomes. The noncustodial parent’s proportionate share establishes the amount of the child support obligation. Child support
provides for the basic necessities of the minor child.
How is Child Support calculated?
Child Support is based upon a calculation or worksheet and is established through the Court. You can utilize an online calculator to provide an estimation of support amount. Child support can be applicable if one
parent has physical custody and if the parties have joint physical custody.
How do I start services?
Parents may contact Resolutions for Families directly or services may be initiated by the Court or attorneys. Ms. Moke is
willing to assist you in coordinating and beginning services.
Where can I get more information?
Please contact Shanna Moke directly at 605-370-4871 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for information and guidance regarding your specific situation.