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Best Family Law Attorneys in South Dakota

Lawyer Legion created this list of the top picks in 2024 for the best family law attorneys in South Dakota To rank the top family lawyers and other lawyers in South Dakota, we used both objective and subjective criteria.

The top family law attorneys were selected based on their career accomplishments, success in high-profile cases, professional involvement, community leadership, and board certifications.

This list represents a sample of some of the most highly accomplished family lawyers currently practicing in South Dakota. When reviewing this list, please be aware of each of the following:

  • Lawyers cannot pay to be included in this list.
  • Only lawyers who are active on Lawyer Legion were selected.
  • No online directory can accurately determine a statewide list of attorneys who are actually “the best” at practicing family law (but our list comes close).
John Wilka
Family Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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Paul Lewis
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Rapid City, SD
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Brett Waltner
Personal Injury and Criminal Defense Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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Amanda Engle
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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Drew Duncan
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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Dennis Duncan
Criminal Defense and Family Lawyer
Sioux Falls, SD
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South Dakota Legal Resources

Specialty Certifications in Family Law

Family Trial Law - The NBTA certifies lawyers in family trial law. This specialty area of law involves litigation in family law cases, such as divorce, separation, child custody or paternity actions. Attorneys can earn board certification as specialists in family law trials.

South Dakota Government and Court Resources

South Dakota Attorney General

South Dakota Attorney General - The South Dakota Attorney General, elected by the people, serves as the chief legal officer for the state. The Attorney General's office is responsible for providing legal counsel to state agencies and officials, representing South Dakota in legal matters, and overseeing law enforcement. The Attorney General plays a crucial role in prosecuting and defending legal actions on behalf of the state, issuing legal opinions, and addressing a range of legal issues, including consumer protection, public safety, and environmental concerns.

South Dakota Department of Social Services

South Dakota Department of Social Services - The South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) oversees various social service programs aimed at enhancing the well-being and stability of individuals and families across the state. Additionally, the department provides services for vulnerable adults, support for individuals with disabilities, mental health services, and initiatives to promote self-sufficiency and family stability. DSS works to provide essential resources, support, and care to citzens of South Dakota in need, striving to improve the quality of life for families and individuals throughout the state.

South Dakota Legislature

South Dakota Legislature - The South Dakota Legislature operates as a bicameral body, consisting of the South Dakota Senate and the South Dakota House of Representatives. The Senate has 35 members serving four-year terms, while the House comprises 70 members serving two-year terms. The Legislature is responsible for proposing, debating, and passing laws that govern the state. Its duties include formulating the state budget, levying taxes, and addressing various policy issues such as education, healthcare, and infrastructure.

South Dakota Supreme Court

South Dakota Supreme Court - The South Dakota Supreme Court serves as the highest judicial authority in the state, responsible for interpreting and administering the law. Its primary role involves reviewing appeals from lower courts to ensure the accurate interpretation and application of state laws and the constitution. The court handles various cases, including civil, criminal, and constitutional matters, establishing legal precedents that guide lower courts and legal practitioners throughout South Dakota. Additionally, the South Dakota Supreme Court oversees the regulation of attorneys, managing attorney admissions, setting ethical standards, and ensuring the professionalism and ethical conduct of lawyers statewide.

South Dakota Unified Judicial System

South Dakota Unified Judicial System - The South Dakota Unified Judicial System serves as the cornerstone of justice in the state, responsible for interpreting and applying the law, adjudicating civil and criminal cases, ensuring due process, safeguarding individual rights, and overseeing family law matters such as divorce and child custody. The Unified Judicial System provides a framework for resolving legal disputes, maintaining the rule of law, and upholding the rights of all residents in the Mount Rushmore State.

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