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Legal Information: South Dakota

Statutes: South Dakota

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Updated: 
May 14, 2019

25-4-10. Desertion by cruelty or threats causing departure of spouse

Departure or absence of one party from the family dwelling place caused by cruelty or by threats of bodily harm from which danger would be reasonably apprehended from the other is not desertion by the absent party, but it is desertion by the other party.