Working out Resolutions
Divorce/Custody Form assistance and Mediation Aid for Pro-Se Divorcing Couples in South Dakota
What Is The Works Clinic?
The WORKS clinic is free and provides divorce and custody form assistance as well as Mediation Aid for divorcing couples who qualify. It's made possible by the collaborative efforts of the University of South Dakota Knudson School of Law, the South Dakota State Bar Foundation, the South Dakota Bar Association ADR Committee, and the Unified Judicial System (UJS).
The purpose of the clinic is to help self-represented couples and families within South Dakota who have income within 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines to fill out the necessary UJS Forms.
While the clinic is held in person on selected dates in Vermillion, Rapid City, and Sioux Falls, most meetings will be held online using Zoom.
Those who qualify for the program and wish to participate should call to setup an appointment. Before you contact WORKS, please check the Participant Eligibility qualifications listed below, and read through the "What to Expect" information.
Participants will need to make arrangements to provide a translator if one is needed.
250% of the Federal Poverty Level Guidelines:
In order to participate in the WORKS clinic, parties must meet ALL of the criteria:
One Party must live within the State of South Dakota.
Household income must be within 250% of Federal Poverty Guidelines. Please refer to the chart above to check eligibility.
Most meetings are held online (see our Zoom: How To page))
You must provide your own translator if one is needed
Neither party will be eligible if either party retains an attorney