SD Senate Unanimously Passes Shared Parenting Bill

SD Senate Door (KGFX Photo)


PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – The South Dakota Senate has voted unanimously to pass a bill encouraging joint physical custody of children in divorce proceedings.

Other bills dealing with the issue have failed in recent legislative sessions.

This year’s bill is based on an Iowa custody law and is designed to give children substantial time with both parents. It does not establish a presumption of equal parenting, and judges will still have the final say in assigning custody.

The bill’s sponsor says it reflects changes in society and research that indicates it’s better for children to have contact with both parents.

It goes next to the South Dakota House.

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  1. Kim Detorez Reply

    It sound useless with no teeth.

  2. stop the lies Reply

    It is Bs at it’s best nothing more . It was shot down over and over again . It still only benefits the mother . Men will get 1 day during the week and every other weekend . So tell me what’s changed . The bill was stripped of what it was originally and set to make it look like there is change . All the mother will do is the same tactics they have always used and drunk judges will be just as corrupt as ever . This is the second most corrupt state just after Michigan