Sioux Falls Family Law Lawyer, South Dakota


Includes: Collaborative Law, Domestic Violence & Neglect, Paternity, Prenuptial Agreements

John H. Billion

Estate Planning, Family Law, Insurance, Litigation
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Richard L. Travis

Criminal, Family Law, Insurance, Litigation, Workers' Compensation
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Richard Moe

Business Organization, Gift Taxation, Estate Planning, Family Law
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Lon J. Kouri

Construction, Estate Planning, Family Law, Insurance
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Thomas R Hensley

Administrative Law, Criminal, DUI-DWI, Domestic Violence & Neglect
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Gary W. Conklin

Family Law, Wills & Probate, Corporate, Wills, Divorce
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Ronald A. Parsons

Criminal, Estate Planning, Family Law, Real Estate
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Rick A Mickelson

Family Law, Wills & Probate, Personal Injury, Bankruptcy, Divorce
Status:  In Good Standing           

Debra M. Voigt

Family Law, Divorce, Child Custody, Divorce & Family Law
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Joel A. Arends

Divorce & Family Law, Car Accident, Wrongful Death, Family Law
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LEGAL TERMS

ANNULMENT

A court procedure that dissolves a marriage and treats it as if it never happened. Annulments are rare since the advent of no-fault divorce but may be obtained ... (more...)
A court procedure that dissolves a marriage and treats it as if it never happened. Annulments are rare since the advent of no-fault divorce but may be obtained in most states for one of the following reasons: misrepresentation, concealment (for example, of an addiction or criminal record), misunderstanding and refusal to consummate the marriage.

ADOPTIVE PARENT

A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is deter... (more...)
A person who completes all the requirements to legally adopt a child who is not his or her biological child. Generally, any single or married adult who is determined to be a 'fit parent' may adopt a child. Some states have special requirements, such as age or residency criteria. An adoptive parent has all the responsibilities of a biological parent.

DEPENDENTS BENEFITS

A type of Social Security benefit available to spouses and minor or disabled children of retired or disabled workers who qualify for either retirement or disabi... (more...)
A type of Social Security benefit available to spouses and minor or disabled children of retired or disabled workers who qualify for either retirement or disability benefits under the program's rigorous qualification guidelines.

COMMUNITY PROPERTY

A method for defining the ownership of property acquired during marriage, in which all earnings during marriage and all property acquired with those earnings ar... (more...)
A method for defining the ownership of property acquired during marriage, in which all earnings during marriage and all property acquired with those earnings are considered community property and all debts incurred during marriage are community property debts. Community property laws exist in Arizona, California, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Texas, Washington, and Wisconsin. Compare equitable distribution and separate property.

CASE

A term that most often refers to a lawsuit -- for example, 'I filed my small claims case.' 'Case' also refers to a written decision by a judge -- or for an appe... (more...)
A term that most often refers to a lawsuit -- for example, 'I filed my small claims case.' 'Case' also refers to a written decision by a judge -- or for an appellate case, a panel of judges. For example, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision legalizing abortion is commonly referred to as the Roe v. Wade case. Finally, the term also describes the evidence a party submits in support of her position -- for example, 'I have made my case' or ''My case-in-chief' has been completed.'

ADOPTED CHILD

Any person, whether an adult or a minor, who is legally adopted as the child of another in a court proceeding. See adoption.

DISSOLUTION

A term used instead of divorce in some states.

FAMILY AND MEDICAL LEAVE ACT (FMLA)

A federal law that requires employers to provide an employee with 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a year's time for the birth or adoption of a child, family hea... (more...)
A federal law that requires employers to provide an employee with 12 weeks of unpaid leave during a year's time for the birth or adoption of a child, family health needs or personal illness. The employer must allow the employee to return to the same position or a position similar to that held before taking the leave. There are exceptions to the FMLA: the most notable is that only employers with 50 or more employees are covered--about half the workforce.

IN CAMERA

Latin for 'in chambers.' A legal proceeding is 'in camera' when a hearing is held before the judge in her private chambers or when the public is excluded from t... (more...)
Latin for 'in chambers.' A legal proceeding is 'in camera' when a hearing is held before the judge in her private chambers or when the public is excluded from the courtroom. Proceedings are often held in camera to protect victims and witnesses from public exposure, especially if the victim or witness is a child. There is still, however, a record made of the proceeding, typically by a court stenographer. The judge may decide to seal this record if the material is extremely sensitive or likely to prejudice one side or the other.

SAMPLE LEGAL CASES

ALVINE FAMILY LTD. PARTNERSHIP v. Hagemann

... ZINTER, Justice. [¶ 1.] Alvine Family Limited Partnership (Alvine) sued a neighboring landowner and his tenant for, inter alia, negligence, nuisance, and trespass. ... At the close of the evidence, Alvine moved for judgment as a matter of law on his claim for trespass. ...

Gul v. Center for Family Medicine

... Dr. Kemp, a family practice physician employed by CFM, supervised the residency program. ... and admissions on file, together with the affidavits, if any, show that there is no genuine issue as to any material fact and that the moving party is entitled to a judgment as a matter of law. ...

Deadwood v. MR Gustafson Family Trust

... ZINTER, Justice. [¶ 1.] The MR Gustafson Family Trust (Gustafson) sought to demolish a building located in the City of Deadwood (City). The ... settled: Questions of law such as statutory interpretation are reviewed by the Court de novo.... ...