Legal Information: South Dakota

Know the Laws

Most of the laws relevant to domestic violence and sexual assault are based on state law.

Information about protection orders due to domestic violence and protection orders against stalking, physical injury, or a crime of violence in South Dakota.

General information about custody in South Dakota.

Custody and kidnapping are complicated and it is important to try to find an experienced lawyer to help you with your case.  The terms used on this page are defined generally, and may have different meanings in your state.  Please check your specific state's laws.  If this site does not yet have information for your state, please check with a lawyer.

General information about divorce with links to South Dakota-specific information.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in South Dakota and victim assistance programs.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.

You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.