Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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Dec. 29, 2008

Commission on Child Support releases final report
Suggested changes to support obligation laws submitted for consideration during 2009 legislative session

PIERRE, S.D. –The Governor’s Commission on Child Support submitted a final report to Gov. Mike Rounds and members of the state Legislature last week, for consideration during the 2009 legislative session.

According to South Dakota law, the Commission is required to review state support obligation laws every four years. The laws are used to set child support order amounts among divorced, separated, and never-married parents, and parents in situations that otherwise involve a continued absence of the parent or child from the home.

During the fall of 2008, the Commission conducted hearings in Sioux Falls, Rapid City, Pierre and Aberdeen to gather public input on proposed changes. Members of the public were also invited to submit written comments to the Commission.

Recommended changes to the laws include amending the support obligation schedule to reflect current economic data on the costs of raising children in South Dakota and amending the low-income adjustment to reflect increases in minimum wage, among others.

The Governor’s Commission on Child Support is comprised of representatives of custodial and non-custodial parents, family law attorneys, the judiciary, the Llegislature, and the Department of Social Services.

For more information on the Governor’s Commission on Child Support or the 2008 report, contact Communications Director Tarah Jahnig at 605-773-3165 or