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South Dakota Property Distribution

Each party will be entitled to retain his or her separate property. Separate property is any property acquired prior to the marriage and any property which a spouse receives by gift or inherits (either before or during a marriage). All other property may be divided by the court based upon the following factors: 
  • the contribution of each spouse to the acquisition of the marital property, including the contribution of each spouse as homemaker;

  • the length of the marriage; 

  • the conduct of the spouses during the marriage;

  • the health and ages of the spouses;

  • the amount and sources of income of the spouses; 

  • the occupation and employability of each of the spouses; 

  • the contribution by one spouse to the education, training, licensure, business, or increased earning power of the other; 

  • the need of a custodial parent to occupy or own the marital residence and to use or own the household effects according to the best interests of any children; 

  • either spouse's wasteful dissipation or unfair transfer of any assets in contemplation of divorce;

  • opportunity of each party for future acquisition of assets and income; and 

  • any other factor which is just and proper.

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