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 custody
- Child care expenses
- Child support
- 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.
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.
- My order states that I cannot move my children from the state of Michigan without approval of the Court. How do I get the Court's approval?
- Why won't the Friend of the Court enforce what the Judge said in Court, even if it is not in the written order?
- Can the Friend of the Court enforce the property settlement provisions contained in my Judgment of Divorce?
- What is a Friend of the Court Referee and what can they do?
- What can the Friend of the Court do to find a missing parent?