Rapid City Divorce Mediation Basics
Our Rapid City divorce mediation can be an alternative to lengthy, public court battles. A divorce mediator can assist with a settlement agreement on issues like property division, alimony, child support and child custody, and more.
In Rapid City, an uncontested divorce (also known as a “stipulated divorce”) requires a written marital settlement agreement to avoid the more lengthy court process of a contested divorce. You must agree on all important issues and file the separation agreement that details the arrangements between the spouses.
You must also meet certain residency requirements; you or your spouse must be “domiciled” in the state for at least one day before filing. S.D. Codified Laws § 25-4-30.
The South Dakota Legal Self-Help website will be useful as you prepare to file for divorce in Rapid City. To file, you’ll need to go to one of the 17 circuit courts in the county where you or your spouse lives. You can use the South Dakota Circuit Court Finder to find the specific location where you can file.
You can save time and money by first working with a mediator to resolve your disputes. Our Rapid City divorce mediation can save you significant time and money when you use a divorce mediator to assist with your divorce settlement agreement.
For more information on Rapid City divorce mediation, visit DivorceNet’s page on divorce in South Dakota.
Divorce mediation offers a number of advantages, including:
- lower cost,
- freedom to make informed decisions,
- control, and
You and your spouse control the outcome of divorce mediation, not the courts.
For divorce mediation to be successful, it’s important that both spouses engage in good faith. Mediation will likely not be successful if one spouse is more interested in harming the other spouse than resolving disputes over property or child custody arrangements. If both spouses engage in good faith, though, mediation can save significant time and money for both spouses.