On July 1, 2021, South Dakota enacted two new laws that require specific training for persons appointed or seeking to become appointed as guardians and conservators. South Dakota Codified Law 29A-5-119 provides that the training set up by the State Bar of South Dakota must inform all guardians and conservators of the rights of minors and protected persons, the duties and responsibilities of guardians and conservators, reporting requirements, provide least restrictive options for necessities that…
The decision to file for divorce is not an easy one. You may have a number of questions about the potential ramifications of a divorce. For example, who is supposed to move out of the marital home first? How will your finances be split? If children are involved, a host of other issues arise relating to custody, visitation, and child support. While there are many unknowns at the beginning of the divorce process, you don’t…
Child custody is a legal term regarding guardianship, which is used to describe the legal and practical relationship between a parent/guardian and a child in that person’s care. Like any other complex subject, child custody has its fair share of myths and misconceptions.  …
Divorce is one of the biggest financial decisions of a lifetime. All assets and debts that accumulated during the marriage will be divided. Parenting time and expenses for children will be set. These decisions impact each party’s financial outcome and holds tax implications for both parties. Having a tax advisor guide you through the divorce process helps avoid any surprises come tax season.…
Divorce is one of the biggest financial decisions of a lifetime. All assets and debts that accumulated during the marriage will be divided. Parenting time and expenses for children will be set. These decisions impact each party’s financial outcome and holds tax implications for both parties. Having a tax advisor guide you through the divorce process helps avoid any surprises come tax season.…
The wonderful world of social media provides positive connections in a time when most people are trying to stay apart.  Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Twitter, or any other online source can be beneficial to keeping in touch with friends and family.  When it comes to a divorce or custody action, however, social media can be your worst frenemy.  The following are some ground rules to follow when using social media while facing a divorce or custody…
Marriages are one of the happiest events that can occur in one’s lifetime. Friends and family come together to celebrate the lifelong bond between two individuals that love each other. Understandably, the last thing on the soon-to-be-married couple’s minds is the division of property should their marriage end. While prenuptial agreements resolve the issue before the couple is married, postnuptial agreements are similar contracts that are not made until after the marriage has already taken…
If you and/or your spouse have children from a prior relationship, it is important to plan for the future of your children. But what legal rights do stepparents have regarding their stepchildren? If you have ever spoken with an attorney, it probably doesn’t surprise you to hear that the answer is “it depends.” Understandably, being a stepparent adds a few wrinkles that otherwise do not exist for biological parents.…