Family Law Prof Blog

Editor: Margaret Ryznar
Indiana University
Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Thursday, January 20, 2022

South Dakota: A Reduction of Child Support Payments for Parents at Lower Income Levels?


South Dakota's Child Support Commission has made a big change recently to its recommendations. The commission previously recommended reductions for payments at lower income levels based on the concern that many non-custodial parents in South Dakota have difficulty making full payments to the custodial parents, especially when the two parents have lower amounts of combined net income. It is a difficult question as the commission also does not want to see any custodial parents who currently receives a full payment to receive a smaller amount.

The commission was scheduled to submit its report to the governor and the Legislature and end its work no later than December 31, 2021. Governor Kristi Noem however issued an executive order on December 30 extending the commission through March 31, 2022.

The reductions that the commission originally recommended on November 18 would have affected parents differently, depending on the amounts of their monthly combined income. Later, the commission recommended a different schedule, known as Option A. This proposal increases amounts and would eliminate all previous recommended reductions. The board convened to further analyze any decrease in child support.

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