South Dakota Divorce Records

Are South Dakota divorce records publicly accessible?

Divorce records are public documents. Basically anyone can request them, and they are available to the public for viewing. But part of the record information may be made unavailable when there are children or domestic violence victims involved – the details about them may be sealed to protect their privacy and safety.

How to find a divorce record in South Dakota?

In order to find a divorce record in South Dakota, you can try the search in the state court. Or you can do that in the county court. You will need to know the name of the county where the divorce took place. If you don’t know this information, try searching for a map of your state and locate the county you want. Once you have found your county, search for it on a court website or use an online directory for public records.

At the state level, you can look up South Dakota divorce records here:

 

What information does a South Dakota divorce record contain?

You’ll see in a South Dakota divorce record the basic information related to the divorce, as well as the proof, that is the divorce certificate and decree. These are helpful when you are looking for information about someone’s past. You can find out if they have been married before, when they were divorced, how long their marriages lasted, and how they handled the breakups.

The information available in a divorce record in South Dakota can be quite extensive. It will include:

  • Names of the parties to the divorce
  • Date of the divorce decree
  • Property settlements, child custody agreements, if any
 

What are divorce certificates in South Dakota?

A divorce certificate in South Dakota is a document that shows a marriage has been legally terminated. This certificate shows basic details about the divorce, including the date and place of its occurrence, and the names of the couple. The divorce certificate is issued by the agency that is maintaining the divorce records in the state of South Dakota and can only be used as a simple document showing the proof of divorce. Unlike a divorce decree, a divorce certificate in South Dakota can only be used for limited purposes, such as inheritance, name change, and getting married.

What are divorce decrees in South Dakota?

A divorce decree in South Dakota is a legal document that is filed with the court when a marriage has been terminated. Issued by a judge, it contains more details than a divorce certificate. The exact content of a decree will vary depending on jurisdiction but typically includes:

  • The date of the divorce
  • The names and addresses of both spouses
  • The custody arrangements for any minor children
  • Any alimony or child support payments, and how they should be paid
  • Any property settlements agreed upon by both parties
 

There are different ways to find a divorce decree in South Dakota. You can go to the clerk’s office to request a copy of this document, or search for it through the online legal database.