Divorce Representation in Sioux Falls

Divorce

Divorce is a major life-changer for both spouses and their children. Whether the divorce is mutual (uncontested) or contested, we know you want to make the best decision possible and are here to help. Our firm has concentrated efforts in all aspects of this field, giving us deeper insight into its intricacies.

 

Our goal as your divorce lawyer is to ensure that you fully understand how it works, what to expect, how best to proceed and what the future effects on you and your children may be. We foster close relationships with our clients because we are always available to provide compassionate support.

Divorce in South Dakota

South Dakota offers “no-fault” divorce which means that, if both parties agree to the divorce, it is not necessary to prove marital fault or misconduct. No-fault divorce is based on the concept of irreconcilable differences, which means the spouses agree that the marriage is irreparably damaged and nothing can be done to restore it.

South Dakota also provides “fault” grounds for divorce should that be appropriate. In these cases, sufficient evidence must be provided to the court to prove the allegations. These grounds include:

  • Adultery

  • Willful desertion (abandonment)

  • Habitual intemperance (alcohol abuse)

  • A felony conviction

  • Extreme cruelty (grievous physical injury or mental suffering)

  • Willful neglect

Divorce issues that must be resolved include child supportchild custody and visitation, spousal support, and the equitable division of marital property and debts. If the parties cannot agree on these issues by themselves or through negotiation or mediation, the court will make the decisions for them.

Frequently Asked Questions:

Is there a residency requirement?


Many states have a length of residency requirement for couples who want to file for divorce. However, while South Dakota does have a residency requirement, there is no particular length of residency required to file for divorce in the state. Instead, the spouse must simply be a resident in good standing. Furthermore, the spouse must remain a state resident in good standing until the divorce is finalized.




Is there a waiting period?


The waiting period for a divorce in South Dakota is 60 days between filing for divorce and when the divorce can be finalized.




Is there legal separation in South Dakota?


South Dakota allows for legal separation. This allows for a couple to settle disputed matters such as child custody and support, live separately, and remain legally married. In essence, a couple can live as if they’re divorced, but they will still receive the same benefits that a legal marriage provides.




Are there annulments in South Dakota?


While divorce legally ends a marriage, annulment says the marriage never existed. There are limited cases when South Dakota will allow for annulment.





Our Services

Contested Divorce


Sioux Falls Contested Divorce Attorneys: Compassionate & Dedicated Legal Representation. Contested divorces can lead to significant animosity between spouses who often end up in courtroom battles. Since an already emotional situation can easily escalate into increased contention and stress, it is wise to seek legal counsel as soon as possible if you are contemplating a divorce. A trusted source who thoroughly understands the laws and procedures relating to divorce issues can help you avoid or reduce such conflict. At the very least, should conflict be unavoidable, you will know that your legal rights and best interests will be protected throughout the divorce process. At Ver Beek Law, Prof. L.L.C., you can turn to a Sioux Falls contested family law attorneys who will work diligently to ensure that you fully understand the issues, how courts decide them, and the implications of any choices or agreements you make. Our firm is extremely experienced in family law, which gives us a focused viewpoint on your behalf. We are here to get you through the contested divorce process with as little stress and emotional upheaval as possible while we aggressively fight for what is optimum for you and your children. Contested divorces are those in which the two parties cannot come to a mutual agreement concerning issues such as:

Every family is unique and each couple has their own specific circumstances which will influence the process. Complicating issues can include high net worth families, parties who own businesses, allegations of marital misconduct, and more. If you are involved in a complicated and/or contentious divorce, you should turn to our Sioux Falls contested divorce attorneys to explore your options. With our legal advice and guidance, you will have a better grasp of the situation and be more in control. Whether representing you inside or outside the courtroom, we will apply all of our skills and resources to help you reach a fair and just resolution.




Uncontested Divorce


Sioux Falls Uncontested Divorce: Providing Family Law Clients with Compassion & Guidance An uncontested divorce is one in which the two parties have come to a mutual agreement concerning the dissolution of their marriage and its related issues. Uncontested divorces proceed much faster due to the fact that the case is not taken to court. These divorces tend to be less expensive, less time-consuming, and less stressful for all involved. An uncontested divorce still must be done according to South Dakota law which involves extensive legal paperwork. If you and your spouse have come to an agreement concerning all of the issues related to your divorce, our Sioux Falls uncontested family law attorneys can oversee the legal process through the courts for approval. Ver Beek Law, Prof. L.L.C. is a dedicated family law office, and we provide comprehensive legal services for all matters pertaining to divorce. Due to our small size and concentrated focus, we offer close interaction with all of our clients in a highly personalized setting. Requirements to Complete an Uncontested Divorce: As South Dakota is a no-fault divorce state, generally, an uncontested divorce can be based on irreconcilable differences. This means that the marriage is irretrievably broken and beyond repair. Other fault grounds may also be used in the filing, such as adultery, willful neglect, cruelty, habitual intemperance (alcohol abuse), or abandonment. To proceed with an uncontested divorce, you and your spouse must have agreed on such issues as:

You must be a resident of South Dakota to initiate the divorce proceedings. There is no minimum time limit as to how long you have lived in the state. Our Sioux Falls uncontested divorce attorneys can provide the legal advice you need regarding your divorce and ensure that the process is accurately completed and submitted according to South Dakota law.





Meet Your Lawyers

Kelsey Ver Beek

Kelsey Ver Beek

Founding Attorney

Kelsey Ver Beek is the founding attorney of Ver Beek Law, a South Dakota law practice.

Kelsey grew up in a small Iowa town with her three siblings. Before pursuing law, she earned her Bachelor’s degree from Morningside College in Sioux City, IA, graduating in three years, with honors.

She enrolled in The University of South Dakota School of Law and graduated with the class of 2015. Due to her personal experience with, and passion for, family law litigation, Kelsey decided to focus her career on family law. She is licensed in the state of South Dakota as a practicing family law attorney, and strives to provide a professional, yet empathetic approach to each of her clients. She attentively focuses on the needs of every client, with experience in cases involving divorce, adoption, alimony, child custody, and other family law matters.

When Kelsey is not working she enjoys spending time with her family. Her three children and life on the farm keep her busy.

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Kathryn Morrison

Kathryn Morrison

Attorney

Kathryn Morrison represents men and women in all facets of family law litigation. She has successfully litigated in the areas of child support, divorce, custody, parenting time and adoption, aiding individuals in the state of South Dakota during their most vulnerable times. She also has years of courtroom experience and has appeared before the South Dakota Supreme Court.

Kathryn looks for practical solutions for clients facing litigation. She believes in a proactive and honest approach when dealing with family law issues so that clients are placed in the best possible position and fully informed regarding their matters.

Kathryn Morrison graduated from Augustana College in 2008, Magna Cum Laude. She attended the University of Nebraska School of Law and graduated with honors in 2011. Kathryn is a member of the Nebraska Bar Association and South Dakota Bar Association.

In her free time, Kathryn enjoys cheering on her Nebraska Huskers and spending time with her husband.

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Megan Busch

Megan Busch

Attorney

Megan Busch is a licensed attorney in the State of South Dakota and Nebraska.

Megan is originally from Arlington, NE, where she grew up with her two siblings. Before beginning law school Megan attended Midland University in Fremont, NE, where she graduated in three years as a double major student-athlete.

Following college, Megan began law school and graduated from the University of South Dakota School of Law with the Class of 2016. While in law school, Megan was an active participant in the Student Bar Association and Women-in-Law. Prior to joining Ver Beek Law in June 2019, Megan was a Law Clerk for the Third Judicial District in the State of Iowa.

Outside of work, Megan enjoys watching movies, reading, and spending time with her family and husband, Troy.

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Call our divorce lawyers and get started on your divorce case today. During a consultation, you will sit down with one of our Sioux Falls lawyers and we will help you figure out your next best steps for moving forward. Call (605) 988-8556 today to get started on your case.

What Clients are Saying

Kayleigh F.

Kelsey was such a blessing to be introduced to. She was fast efficient and to the point in helping me finalize my divorce.  All in all, everything worked out as we expected it to and I have never had such courteous secretarial service in the law office before. Crystal was very polite and got my messages to Kelsey quickly. Overall the both of them make a wonderful team and were very understanding and nonjudgmental ladies that I would recommend to anyone.

Mike B.

This was one of the most painful periods in my life (if not THE most). I could not believe that I was standing in an attorney's office discussing a divorce. However, that is when I met Kathryn Morrison. She guided me through the "fog" and reassured me that we would "get through this together." She was always professional, knowledgeable, reassuring, timely and a true partner through this very difficult process. Let's face it, divorce proceedings are not "fun", but they are necessary. I would definitely recommend Kathryn.

Jennifer J.

Efficient, competent, and empathetic are words I would use to describe Megan Busch. She did an incredible job for me and I definitely recommend her if you are in need of a family or divorce lawyer. She's tenacious too, she won't give up on getting you what you want.

Cameron R.

 I would recommend Ver Beek Law to anyone looking for an attorney that cares. Not only that but one that is always looking out for your best interests. Kelsey has always handled my case in a very professional manner and communicates what is going on with my case in a prompt and timely manner.

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