25-6-2 Adoption of minor child permitted--Minimum difference in ages--Best interests of child.
Adoption of minor child permitted--Minimum difference in ages--Best interests of
Any minor child may be adopted by any adult person. However, the person adopting the child
must be at least ten years older than the person adopted.
In an adoption proceeding or in any proceeding that challenges an order of adoption or order
terminating parental rights, the court shall give due consideration to the interests of the parties to the
proceedings, but shall give paramount consideration to the best interests of the child.
Source: SDC 1939, § 14.0401; SL 1994, ch 199.