SDLRC - 2020 Senate Bill 73 - SD Legislature exempt certain persons from the requirement to publish name changes.
Legislative Session 547
South Dakota Legislature
This bill has been
extensively amended (hoghoused) and may no longer be
consistent with the
original intention of the sponsor.
by: Senator Monroe
An Act to
persons from the requirement to publish name changes.
by the Legislature of the State of South Dakota:
1. That a NEW SECTION be added:
and open court requirements--Exception--Name
change of victims--Sealed records.
court may grant an order changing the name of a person without
publication of notice or a hearing in open court if all of the
following conditions are met:
petitioner is over the age of eighteen years or is a guardian of a
petitioner or minor child has resided in the county in which the
petition is filed for at least six months;
(3) (a) The
petitioner or minor child is a victim of human trafficking and has a
particularized need for a change of name to protect them from a
person who victimized them such that there is a sufficient basis to
grant an exception to the requirements of §§ 21-37-4
(b) The petitioner is an adult,
is a victim of domestic abuse, has a protection order or a
restraining order in effect, and the petitioner shows a
particularized need for a change of name to protect the petitioner
from the perpetrator such that there is a sufficient basis to grant
an exception to the requirements of §§ 21-37-4 and
appears to the court that the name change is in the petitioner's or
minor child's best interests; and
court finds that the name change is not done for the purposes of
cause exists, the
order all records regarding the petition and order be sealed. The
records shall only be opened by a court order based upon showing good
cause or at the petitioner's
Catchlines are not law.
(§ 2-16-13.1) Underscores
indicate new language.
indicate deleted language.