Friend of the Court

Friend of the Court Notice:

Child Support Caseworkers will be out of the office from Wednesday, October 2, 2019 through Friday, October 4, 2019.

The Child Support Enforcement Caseworkers will be out of the office attending a Child Support Enforcement Conference from October 2 thru 4, 2019 and will return on October 7, 2019. Caseworkers will not be able to return phone calls or emails and will not be available at the front window during this period. The front office is still open and available to accept child support payments. The Friend of the Court Office will be able to assist you regarding most child support issues.


Role & Functions

The Friend of the Court is an entity created by statute to assist the Family Court in establishing, enforcing, and modifying orders regarding:

  • Child custodypexels-photo-2224949 (2)
  • Child care expenses
  • Child support
  • Domicile
  • Parenting time
  • Uninsured medical costs

The Friend of the Court investigates and issues reports and recommendations regarding these issues. The Friend of the Court additionally provides mediation for domestic relations cases which attempts to amicably resolve disputes between parties in a nonadversarial fashion.

Hearings Held

The Friend of the Court holds Referee Hearings involving all of these issues and also holds show cause hearings to enforce child support, parenting time, and spousal support orders.

The Friend of the Court provides Conciliation Hearings at the beginning of new domestic relations cases to address the issues of child custody, support, and parenting time.

Supporting Statutes

See the Friend of the Court Act, Michigan Compiled Laws (MCL) 552.501; the Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act, MCL 552.601.


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