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Child Support Commission begins work

For Immediate ReleaseThursday, August 19, 2021
DSS Media Contact: Steve Long,
steve.long@state.sd.us, 605.773.5465

Child Support Commission begins work

PIERRE – The guidelines for child support in South Dakota are undergoing an in-depth review by the Commission on Child Support with meetings planned over the next several months.

The 2021 Commission on Child Support, administered by the Department of Social Services (DSS), held its first meeting on July 29th to introduce Commission members and supporting staff, develop a shared understanding of their responsibilities, and plan its schedule. Federal law calls for the review of child support guidelines to be completed every four years and was to be done in 2020; due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the federal Office of Child Support Enforcement granted a one-year extension.

Afternoon Commission meetings have been scheduled from 1 to 5 p.m., followed by evening public hearings from 6 to 8 p.m. on August 26th in Pierre, September 30th in Sioux Falls, and October 27th in Rapid City. The final Commission meeting will be held November 18th in Pierre during which time they will review public comments received and discuss recommendations for potential changes to the guidelines and begin discussing the development of the Commission’s report. That meeting is open to the public but not a public hearing. Details regarding meetings and hearings may be found by searching for Child Support Commission at boardsandcommissions.sd.gov.

The Commission is comprised of representatives of custodial and non-custodial parents, family law attorneys, the judiciary, the legislature, and DSS. The review analyzes economic data on the cost of raising children and complex factors for custodial and non-custodial parents.

The public is invited to provide input in writing, via e-mail, or by testifying in person or remotely during the three public hearings. Written comments may be submitted by mailing them to Department of Social Services, Attn: Child Support Commission, 700 Governors Dr, Pierre, SD 57501-2291. Emailed comments should be sent to DCS@state.sd.us. Comments must be received by Monday, November 1, 2021.

A report and recommendations of the Commission will be sent to Governor Kristi Noem and the legislature by December 31 to be considered during the 2022 legislative session. The Commission’s final report will be available on the DSS website at dss.sd.gov.