Lynne A. Valenti
Cabinet Secretary

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May 30, 2012

South Dakota Commission on Child Support to Hold Hearings on Proposed Guideline Changes
Public invited to attend in Sioux Falls

PIERRE, S.D. –The Governor’s Commission on Child Support will conduct a public hearing to gather input on potential changes to South Dakota’s child support guidelines and related statutes on Monday, August 13, 2012. Individuals may appear to provide public testimony at the Palisades Rooms 1 & 2 of the Holiday Inn City Centre in Sioux Falls from 6-8 p.m. 

The commission is conducting its required four-year review of South Dakota’s child support guidelines and is comprised of representatives of custodial and non-custodial parents, family law attorneys, the judiciary, the legislature, and the Department of Social Services. The commission may recommend changes that reflect adjustments in the costs of raising children, and may address other issues with related statutes. The commission will submit its report and recommendations to the Governor by Dec. 31, 2012, to be considered during the 2013 legislative session.

Discussions during the public hearings will be limited to potential changes to the child support guidelines and statutes. The hearings are not intended for specific comments or complaints involving individual child support cases or visitation. Written comments or suggestions may also be submitted for consideration by the full commission by mailing them to the Department of Social Services, Attn: Child Support Commission, 700 Governors Drive, Pierre, S.D. 57501-2291 or e-mailing Deadline for public comments is September 1, 2012.