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In the English common law tradition, from which our legal doctrines and concepts have developed, a marriage was a contract based upon a voluntary private agreement by a man and a woman to become husband and wife. Marriage was viewed as the basis of the family unit and vital to the preservation of morals and civilization. Traditionally, the husband had a duty to provide a safe house, pay for necessities such as food and clothing, and live in the house. The wife's obligations were maintaining a home, living in the home, having sexual relations with her husband, and rearing the couple's children. Today the underlying concept that marriage is a legal contract still remains but due to changes in society the legal obligations are not the same. Marriage is chiefly regulated by the states. The Supreme Court has held that states are permitted to reasonably regulate the institution by prescribing who is allowed to marry, and how the marriage can be dissolved.





Courts in South Dakota

South Dakota State falls under the 8th Circuit. The website for the appeals court for this circuit is www.ca8.uscourts.gov. South Dakota State has the following courts -
South Dakota Bankruptcy Court http://www.sdb.uscourts.gov/
South Dakota District Court http://www.sdd.uscourts.gov/



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South Dakota Legal Referral Services
  • South Dakota State Bar LRS Pierre, SD (605)224-7554 (800)952-2333 (In state only)










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