After decades of domination by family-values Republicans, what does South Dakota get? More divorces in Sioux Falls:
Judge Robin Houwman knows the “what.” She doesn’t know the “why.”
The presiding judge of the Second Judicial Court this week warned the Minnehaha County Commission that the court’s caseloads are rising so fast that there’s a need for more people behind the bench in Lincoln and Minnehaha Counties.
And divorce filings are contributing to that trend. In a big way.
Houwman revealed that the Second Circuit saw a 25 percent jump in divorce filings in the last year [Jonathan Ellis, “New Divorce Filings Surge,” Dakota Scout, 2023.04.28].
The CDC says South Dakota is leading in popping out babies, but evidently we aren’t doing a good job of getting insurance to pay for their midwifely guidance into the world or of keeping parents together to raise those babies.