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Legal Statutes: South Dakota

UPDATED May 26, 2017

South Dakota Statutes

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Chapter 10 Protection From Domestic Abuse

back to top25-10-5 Relief authorized on finding abuse -- Time limitation

Upon notice and a hearing, if the court finds by a preponderance of the evidence that domestic abuse has taken place, the court may provide relief as follows:

(1) Restrain any party from committing acts of domestic abuse;

(2) Exclude the abusing party from the dwelling which the parties share or from the residence of the petitioner;

(3) Award temporary custody or establish temporary visitation with regards to minor children of the parties;

(4) Establish temporary support for minor children of the parties or a spouse;

(5) Order that the abusing party obtain counseling;

(6) Order other relief as the court deems necessary for the protection of the person to whom relief is being granted, including orders or directives to a sheriff or constable.

Any relief granted by the order for protection shall be for a fixed period and may not exceed five years.

If any minor child resides with either party, the court shall order that the restrained person receive instruction on parenting approved or provided by the Department of Social Services as part of any relief granted.


SL 1981, ch 198, § 5; SL 1984, ch 191, § 2; SL 1988, ch 205, § 2; SL 1994, ch 208, § 3; SL 1998, ch 162, § 4; SL 2008, ch 132, § 1; SL 2014, ch 125, § 5.