South Dakota Child Support Order State Guide

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H o w do I mo di fy my support o rder?
Filing a petition to change a child support order
In S outh Dakota, the Circu it Court is th e only en tity with auth ority to modify a c h ild su p port
obligation . This is u s u ally done in res pon s e to a petition f iled b y one of th e parents . Eith er p aren t
or a representative may file a petition to modify their ch ild su p port order. A s u pport order may
be modified without showing any change in c ircumstances if the order was entered prior to July
1, 2009.
An order entered after July 1, 200 9 may be modified only:
1. If it was en tered three years or more from th e date th e petition is f iled; or
2. Upon showing a substantial change in circumstances has occurred since the entry of the
order.
Petition for Modificatio n Form
Petition for Modification F orm
T hese f o rms a re also avai l ab l e from local offices throu gh ou t the state or by calling th e
Division of Child Support at 605-773-3641 .
A petitioner mus t provide the comp lete address of the oth er parent. Please n ote that you r
addres s may be releas ed to the non-petitionin g party during modification proceedings . This
release may b e neces sary even i f there is an exi sti ng p ro t ect i on ord er i n p l ace.
Th e c ompleted, notariz ed petition, along with a finan c ial statemen t, verif ication of in c ome, Ch ild
Su p port Order Filing Data form UJS /DSS 0 8 9 , copy of th e mos t rec en t Sou th Dakota court order
or decree establishing child support and other necessary attachments must be filed with the:
South Dakota Department of Social Services
Divis ion of Ch ild S upport, Mod i f ic at ion S ec ti on
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501
Completed petition filed with Clerk of Courts
Wh en th e petition and attac h ments are received by the Department of S ocial Services, the forms
are reviewed f or completen es s an d f orwarded to th e Clerk of Cou rts in th e coun ty wh ere th e
su pp ort order was entered. Petition and all attach men ts mu st be on 8 ½ x 11 s iz e paper. If on
any oth er siz e paper, the petition will be return ed.
A $ 50 f iling fee is required t o b e p aid to t h e Clerk of Cou rts b y the p etit ion i n g p arty prior to the
Circu it Cou rt Ju dge appointin g a ref eree. However, the petition ing p arty or movin g p arty is n ot
s ubj ec t t o the $ 50 f iling fee if he/ s he is a recipien t of as s istan c e b en ef it s un d er S DCL Tit le 2 8 (i.e.
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (T ANF), SNAP (food stamps), Medicaid, child care
as sis tanc e, energy ass istan c e, etc.). The petitioner may also file a motion requ es ting th e c ourt to
waive t h e $5 0 filin g fee by c ompleting and attach in g th e F iling F ee Waiver Request form, wh ic h is
inc lud ed with th e petition . If th e petitionin g party or moving party is n ot a rec ipient of Title 28
ben efit as in dicated above, or if th e Filin g Fee W aiver REq uest is n ot inc lu ded with th e petition ,
the petition er sh ou ld attach to th e petition a $5 0 c h ec k or money order payable to the Clerk of
Courts. DO NO T a tta ch cash. If th e paymen t is made ou t to an en tity other than th e Clerk of
Court, th e p etit ion will b e returned an d will res ult in a delay in f iling .
If th e court den ies th e filin g f ee waiver requ es t, the petitioner will be requ ired to pay the $ 5 0
filin g f ee. If the petitioner does n ot pay th e $ 5 0 f ilin g fee to the Clerk of Cou rts within 1 0 days,
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