Input sought on child support guidelines

Input sought on child support guidelines The South Dakota Commission on Child Support will conduct public hearings to gather input on potential changes to South Dakota's child support guidelines and related statutes. The public hearings are scheduled for the following locations and dates:

* Rapid City: Wednesday, Oct. 27, 7 p.m. (MT); Rushmore Plaza Civic Center, Ponderosa Room (2nd Level).

* Sioux Falls: Monday, Nov. 22, 7 p.m.; Downtown Holiday Inn City Centre, International West Room.

* Aberdeen: Wednesday, Dec. 8, 7 p.m.; Ramada Inn, 2727 Sixth Ave. S.E.

The public hearings are part of the commission's required four-year review of South Dakota's child support guidelines. The commission is comprised of representatives of custodial and non-custodial parents, family law attorneys, the judiciary, the legislature, and the Department of Social Services.

The commission may recommend amendments that reflect changes in the costs of raising children and may address other problems or issues with related statutes. The commission will submit its report and recommendations to the governor by Dec. 31. Recommendations may then be considered during the 2005 legislative session.

Discussions during the public hearings will be limited to potential changes to the child support guidelines and statutes. The hearings are not intended for specific comments or complaints involving individual child support cases.

Written comments or suggestions may be submitted by Dec. 8, for consideration by the commission, to: Department of Social Services, Attention: Child Support Commission, 700 Governors Drive, Pierre, SD 57501-2291.

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