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Michigan Protects Biological Fathers’ Rights
Child Support Guidelines Under Review in South Dakota
June 20, 2012
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Michigan Protects Biological Fathers’ Rights
Rick Snyder
Governor Rick Snyder
Michigan Governor Rick Snyder signed into law Senate Bill 557, giving biological fathers some rights to their children, even if the mothers were married to other men at the time of a child's birth. The previous 1956 law presumed that a woman's husband is the father of her children, making the husband responsible for their support and denying parental rights to the biological father.

Lawmakers recently passed four bills extending rights to biological fathers. In a statement, Governor Snyder said "children thrive with parental involvement" and said “the legislation promotes increased involvement by making it easier to recognize biological fathers.”

Titled the Revocation of Paternity Act, the law permits a biological father the right to establish paternity of a child born or conceived during a marriage during the first three years of the child’s life. In light of this new legislation, there is a grace period of one year from the time the legislation is enacted, permitting fathers to establish paternity under this new law.

The legislation provides for court-ordered DNA testing. The mother, the acknowledged father, or the “alleged” father may file seeking the DNA testing to establish paternity.



Child Support Guidelines Under Review in South Dakota
By Lewis Martin, Member, Fathers and Families
DSS

The Commission on Child Support is conducting its required four-year review of South Dakota’s child support guidelines. The commission must submit its report and recommendations to Governor Dennis Daugaard by December 31.


As part of this review, the Commission on Child Support has scheduled a series of public hearings this summer to collect information that could be used to change South Dakota’s child support guidelines and related laws.

Monday, June 11th
6:00 – 8:00 p.m. CDT
Conference Room 3 - Kneip Building - First Floor
700 Governors Drive
Pierre, SD 57501


Monday, July 2, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 pm MDT
Lincoln Room - Ramkota Hotel
2111 N. LaCrosse Street
Rapid City, SD 57701


Monday, August 13, 2012
6:00 – 8:00 pm CDT
Palisades rooms 1 & 2 - Holiday Inn City Centre
100 W. 8th Street
Sioux Falls, SD 57104


To lead the review, the Commission appointed these members to the Governor’s Commission on Child Support to review the child support guidelines.
Rick Cronin, Non-Custodial Parent, Ft. Pierre
Rebecca Mattern, Custodial Parent, Aberdeen
Tom Lee, Child Support Referee, Pierre
Margaret Gillespie, Attorney, Alcester
Representative Brian Gosch, Rapid City
Senator Ried Holien, Watertown
Judge Patricia Riepel, Sioux Falls
Gail Stoltenburg, Division of Child Support, Pierre
Written comments or suggestions may also be submitted to the commission by September 12, 2012, by mailing them to:
Department of Social Services
Attn: Child Support Commission
700 Governors Drive Pierre, SD 57501-2291

Or by emailing.


You may wish to read the 2008 Final Report of the South Dakota Commission on Child Support in order to prepare your comments or suggestions.
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