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1. What is a "support order"?
2. What is in a support order?
3. How do I get a court order for child support?
4. How is child support determined?
5. Will the Prosecutor help me collect child support?
6. What if the parent responsible for paying lives outside Michigan?
7. The parent responsible for paying support has stopped paying. What can be done?
8. How can a non-paying parent be found?
9. The parent responsible for paying support has moved to another state. What do I do?
10. What web sites have Michigan child support-related information?

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1. Are there different kinds of custody?
2. What is the Prosecutor's role in issues of custody and parenting time ("visitation")?
3. How do I get an order for custody?
4. How do I change an existing custody order?
5. We can't agree on custody issues. Can the Court help us reach an agreement?
6. Do I need an attorney to get a custody order?
7. How do I get an order for parenting time ("visitation")?
8. I am being denied visitation. What can be done?
9. Does the Prosecuting Attorney or the Friend of the Court have a responsibility to investigate alleged abuse and/or neglect of a child?
10. Are there other websites with parenting time information?

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1. What is the Prosecutor's role in establishing paternity in Michigan?
2. Who do I contact at the Eaton County Prosecutor's office?
3. What is paternity?
4. Why is it important to establish paternity?
5. How is legal paternity established?
6. How do I start a paternity case?
7. What happens with the absent parent?
8. How can the father voluntarily acknowledge paternity?
9. Can the Affidavit of Parentage be filed by mail?
10. Is there a fee for filing the Affidavit of Parentage?
11. What if the father refuses to acknowledge paternity?
12. Can a legal father revoke paternity?
13. What if the mother is not sure who her child's father is?
14. When is a DNA test necessary? How is a paternity DNA test done?
15. What does paternity blood testing show?
16. Who pays for the DNA tests?
17. Can the parents do private DNA testing?
18. What happens if the mother or father is not 18?
19. How long after the child is born can paternity be established?
20. When can the father's name be put on the birth certificate?
21. If the parents decide to voluntarily acknowledge paternity, what other steps must be taken?
22. What web sites have Michigan paternity-related information?

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1. Who answers 911 calls?
2. What should I do if I accidentally call 911?
3. When should I call 911?
4. What agencies are dispatched by Eaton County Central Dispatch?
5. Can I text to 911?
6. Can someone call 911 who does not speak English?
7. What is your retention schedule for Freedom of Information (FOIA) requests?
8. How do I request information and what will I receive?

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1. Can I fax or email a document to you?

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1. Do I need a permit to re-shingle my roof?
2. Do I need a permit for my accessory building?
3. Do I need a permit to replace windows or siding?
4. Why does a "portable" building require a permit.
5. Do I need a permit for a deck that is not attached to my home?
6. How do I obtain my new address?
7. Do I need a permit for interior remodeling?
8. How do I get my power turned back on after it has been off for a period of time.
9. What are building permit fees based on?
10. Can I get a homeowner permit if I own the property but do not live there?
11. Can I build a pole barn style house?
12. How do I find a blower door test contractor?
13. Do I need to be home during an inspection?
14. Are refunds offered?
15. How far do I have to be from power lines?
16. How far do I have to be from my well and septic.

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1. Do I need to be fingerprinted?
2. When will I get my CPL card?
3. I've moved, do I have to update my CPL?
4. Can I pay by phone?
5. Can you email or fax me a copy?
6. What do I do with the two marriage licenses issued, after the ceremony?
7. Who can get a marriage or death record copy?
8. Who can get a birth certificate record?
9. What is a certified copy?
10. What is a vital record?

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1. Who may register to vote?
2. When and how may I register to vote?
3. May I register to vote by mail?
4. I submitted a voter registration application. What happens next?
5. What should I do if I have moved within my city or township of residence or change my name since the last election?

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1. Why do I need a Soil Erosion Control Permit?
2. I’m just doing a small project; do I still need a permit?
3. Although my land lies within 500 feet of a lake, stream, river, drain or wetland, my house will be constructed outside the 500-foot mark. Do I still need a permit?
4. I want to landscape within 500 feet of a lake, stream, river, drain or wetland. Is a Soil Erosion Control Permit required?
5. My permit expires this fall, but I am unable to seed my lawn. What do I need to do to maintain compliance with Part 91?
6. A home is being constructed next-door and loose topsoil is washing into my yard. What should I do?
7. Where is my “drain field and septic tank”?
8. What agency do I contact for permission to construct my driveway?
9. Are there penalties for not complying with permit conditions or with the Soil Erosion Control Act?
10. How do I find out if there is a special assessment on my property?

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1. How do I get an order for support?
2. Does the judge have to use the Child Support Guideline or the Friend of the Court recommendation when setting support orders?
3. Do I need to have an attorney to get an order for support?
4. If I have been paying my child support and the custodial parent is not allowing visitation, do I have to keep paying support?
5. The non-custodial parent is not paying support. What can I do?
6. The payer of support is self-employed and not making his or her support payments. What can the Friend of the Court do?
7. My Court order states that I am to pay support through the Friend of the Court Office. Can I pay the support to the custodial parent directly?
8. If child support has been ordered by the Court and either parent has a major increase or decrease in income, what can be done?
9. Does the Friend of the Court have the right to deduct statutory service fees from a child support payment?
10. If I am receiving public assistance, do I still get child support?
11. Is the Friend of the Court responsible for making sure that child support money is being spent on the child?

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1. What laws pertain to income withholding?
2. Who must withhold income?
3. When must income be withheld?
4. How long do I continue withholding money?
5. What if the employee's income is subject to garnishment or other withholding orders?
6. What happens if I don't withhold the money?
7. How do I know if the amount to be deducted changes?
8. Isn't there some limit to the amount I may deduct?
9. What do I have to put on the check to identify it as a support payment?
10. What happens if I receive more than one withholding order for the same person?
11. I have several employees subject to income withholding for support. Must I write a separate check for each one?
12. How often do I have to send in the amounts I withhold?
13. Can I charge the employee for the costs associated with withholding?
14. What if the employee says they do not owe the money and demands that I pay them? What protects me if I am sued for these wages?
15. What if I ignore the order and pay it to the employee?
16. What do I do if this person quits, is fired, or otherwise stops working for our company?
17. As an employer, do I have an obligation to provide any other information to the Friend of the Court?
18. What happens if I refuse to hire, or if I take disciplinary action against an employee because of income withholding?

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1. When will the Friend of the Court review child support?
2. I am not eligible for a support review through the Friend of the Court, but my circumstances have changed and I believe support should be modified what should I do?
3. Does the Friend of the Court review and investigate the in pro per petitions?
4. Will support be made retroactive to the date I ask the Friend of the Court for a support review?
5. Does writing a letter to the Friend of the Court requesting a review qualify as the filing of a petition?
6. My case was referred by the Judge in a Court Order for a support review. When it is completed, will support automatically be modified by the Friend of the Court?
7. I reached an agreement with the other party to modify support; will the Friend of the Court prepare an order based on our agreement?
8. Does the Friend of the Court review and make recommendations regarding alimony?
9. I pay child support and I voluntarily reduced my income. Will my support be reduced?
10. When making a recommendation for child support, does the Friend of the Court take into account my bills such as car payment, rent, utilities, or credit card debt?

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1. How to I get information regarding a jail inmate?
2. What is the phone number to Circuit Court Probation?
3. What is the phone number to District Court Probation?
4. Who should I call for questions about a treatment court?

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1. How do I get an order for custody?
2. How do I change an existing order for custody?
3. Do I need to have an attorney to get custody?
4. Is there any way the Court can assist us in reaching an agreement on custody?
5. Are there different kinds of custody?
6. After a petition for custody has been filed, and we cannot reach our own agreement, what does the Friend of the Court have to do?
7. Do I have the right to receive a copy of the Friend of the Court report and recommendation on custody?
8. What will happen if I have an order for custody and the other parent does not return the child to me as stated in the Court order?
9. Does the Friend of the Court have a responsibility to investigate alleged abuse and/or neglect of a child?

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1. Where is District Court Traffic located?
2. How much is my traffic ticket?
3. How can I pay my traffic ticket?
4. How can I make payments on my traffic violation fine?
5. When does the court close for payments?
6. Can I write a check for my traffic violation?
7. What is the mailing address for District Court Traffic?
8. Can I pay the court online?
9. Can I pay the court by phone?
10. Can I make partial payments to the court?
11. How many points are on this violation?
12. How many days do I have to contact the court about my ticket?
13. The court tells me they don't have the ticket yet. What do I do?
14. When can I see the Judge or Magistrate?
15. What time are walk-in arraignments?
16. How do I get a court-appointed attorney?
17. Why do I have a warrant, and how do I take care of the warrant?
18. Why did the officer tell me the ticket was waivable?
19. I got a default notice from the court. What does that mean?
20. I got a show cause notice from the court. What do I do?
21. Why do I need to appear at the court?
22. When are jail arraignments?
23. How long does it take for a credit card transaction to post?
24. How much do I owe for a balance on my account?
25. When is my next court date?
26. Can I get something removed from my criminal record?

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1. 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?
2. Why won't the Friend of the Court enforce what the Judge said in Court, even if it is not in the written order?
3. Can the Friend of the Court enforce the property settlement provisions contained in my Judgment of Divorce?
4. What is a Friend of the Court Referee and what can they do?
5. What can the Friend of the Court do to find a missing parent?
6. What happens to my child support order and any support that may be owed when children are adopted?

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1. How do I know when to report for jury duty?
2. What if I have an emergency or require a postponement?
3. How long do trials last? How long will I be there?
4. What should I wear?
5. Where should I park?
6. Can I bring my laptop, pager or cell phone with me?
7. Can I bring food with me?
8. What else should I bring?
9. How am I compensated for my service?
10. What if my group is never called in during the month?

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1. Why did someone from the Equalization Department visit my property?
2. Is Equalization the same as my Assessor?
3. How do I split or combine my property?
4. Will Equalization raise my taxes?
5. Where do I submit my Property Transfer Affidavit, PA 260 Affidavit, or Homestead Exemption Affidavit?
6. What is an Equalization Study?
7. Why was my property chosen for the current Equalization Study?

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1. What is the Friend of the Court?
2. Where do I contact the Eaton County Friend of the Court?
3. What websites have Friend of the Court-related information?

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1. My parenting time order states I have "reasonable visitation rights or reasonable parenting time." What does this mean?
2. I have a specific parenting time schedule that I need to change. What can I do?
3. If the payor of child support is not making regular child support payments, do I have to allow him/her to have parenting time?
4. The other party is not following the parenting time order. What can I do?
5. The other parent is not sending or returning clothing or other personal items for our child. Is there anything the Friend of the Court can do?
6. Do I have to let my children go for parenting time if it appears that the other parent has been drinking or using drugs?
7. I am concerned about the other parent discussing changes in the Court orders with the children. What can the Friend of the Court do?
8. The Friend of the Court has refused to enforce my visitation order. What can I do?
9. I have a parenting time order, and my teenage child does not want to come for parenting time. What can I do?

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1. How do I get a dog license?
2. How do I report a non-domestic animal?

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1. What are the Jail programs and regulations?
2. How do I arrange inmate visitation?
3. Can I deposit money into an inmate's account?
4. Can an inmate make phone calls?
5. Can an inmate call from the Jail to my cell phone?
6. How do I pick up an inmate's property?
7. How do I bond someone out of Jail?
8. How do I pay an invoice?
9. How do I drop off medications for an inmate?
10. Who do I contact for inmate medical questions?
11. Can I bring in books for the inmate?

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1. How can I find out if I have a warrant?
2. Do you accept unwanted medications?
3. How do I report a scam call?
4. How do I report road conditions/repairs?
5. How do I report speed limit and signage concerns?

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1. How do get a criminal charge issued? Can I report a crime directly to the Prosecutor's office?
2. I am the victim. Can I drop the charge?
3. Can I issue counter-charges against someone?
4. How do I get my property back?
5. How do I get a copy of a police report? Is it free?
6. Where do I get court forms?
7. How do I get a copy of a person's criminal record? Is it free?
8. Can you tell me if a charge has been issued yet? Can you tell me if an arrest warrant exists?
9. Can you tell me a defendant's next court date?
10. I was the victim of a violent crime. Will the Prosecuting Attorney pay for my hospital bill and my lost wages, help me collect for pain and suffering, etc?
11. The defendant is not paying court-ordered restitution. Who can help me?
12. I was cheated by a contractor, shopkeeper or someone else who provides labor or services. Can the Prosecuting Attorney help me?
13. I want to work in your office. Do you have job openings? What is the pay scale?
14. How can I become an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney?
15. I have been subpoenaed to appear as a witness in a criminal case. Can I get witness fees? What if I can't attend on the date stated in the subpoena?
16. Is your job risky or dangerous?
17. I want a divorce. I also need help getting child support. Can the Prosecutor's office help me?
18. I want a restraining order to keep someone away from me. Will the Prosecuting Attorney do this for me?
19. Can I talk to Mr. Lloyd? I think he's the person who is working on my case since his name appears on my court documents.
20. How do I get a court-appointed attorney?
21. I am a defendant and I don't like the attorney who is representing me. Can I talk to Mr. Lloyd or one of the Assistant Prosecutors about my case?
22. Why are some cases plea bargained?
23. Where is Eaton County?
24. What if I have a question which is not answered in your FAQs?

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1. Who can get a PPO?
2. Can a PPO be issued for a minor?
3. Can a PPO be issued against a minor?
4. Where can I get a PPO?
5. Where can I get help to fill out the PPO forms?
6. Can I get a PPO right away, or do I have to wait for a hearing?
7. What facts do I have to include in the papers?
8. What information and documents should I bring when I file for the PPO?
9. Will the person who is being restrained see everything I file, including where I am living?
10. Do "domestic relationship PPOs" and "non-domestic relationship PPOs" require the same facts or information?
11. The Respondent is a law enforcement officer, or is licensed to carry a gun. Is he treated differently?
12. How much does a PPO cost?
13. What happens at the Courthouse when I file for the PPO?

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1. Can I get my Michigan PPO enforced in another state?
2. I have a temporary/ex-parte PPO. Can it be enforced in another state?
3. What if the PPO was issued in another state?
4. How do I get my PPO enforced in another state?
5. Do I need anything special to get my PPO enforced in another state?
6. What are the advantages and disadvantages of registering my out-of-state PPO?
7. Do I need a lawyer to help enforce a PPO in another state?
8. Do I need to tell the court in Michigan if I move?

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1. Are there different kinds of PPOs?
2. How is a PPO different from a "no-contact" bond condition?
3. What if I don't qualify for a PPO?

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1. What if the Respondent violates the PPO?
2. Does the violation have to occur in front of a police officer?
3. What if the PPO violator is gone before the police arrive?
4. What happens if he is arrested?
5. What if he is not arrested for violating the PPO?
6. What is the Prosecuting Attorney's role in PPO contempt hearings?
7. What kinds of punishment can he get for violating the PPO?
8. What can I do to help "make a case" for a PPO violation?
9. Can someone be charged with both a PPO violation and a separate criminal offense for the same behavior?
10. What if I resume contact with the respondent after the PPO has been issued?
11. How do I change the terms of or dismiss the PPO?
12. Is there a fee to modify or cancel a PPO?

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1. How do I serve the papers?
2. Can the Respondent be given oral notice of the PPO?
3. What happens after the person being restrained is served with the PPO?
4. When does the PPO go into effect?
5. How does the PPO get entered into LEIN?

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1. What typically happens during a criminal prosecution in Michigan? What are the steps?
2. Am I a "crime victim"?
3. What if someone threatens me?
4. How can I protect myself from being stalked?
5. What if the defense attorney contacts me?
6. Can you tell me what the defendant's sentence will be?
7. I am the victim and I want to drop the charge. Can I?
8. The judge ordered the defendant to pay restitution to me, but so far I haven't received anything. Who can help me?
9. How do I get my property back?

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1. What is the Crime Victim Compensation Fund?
2. What compensation may be awarded?
3. What losses are not covered?
4. Where does the money come from?
5. Am I a "crime victim"?
6. Does the Crime Victim Compensation Fund only apply to "assault" victims?
7. What conditions apply to the Crime Victim Compensation Fund?
8. How do I file a claim?
9. What do I send with my claim?
10. When do I file a claim?
11. Do I need an attorney to file a claim?
12. Is my claim limited because I also have insurance?
13. What happens after a claim is filed?
14. How long does it take for my claim to be reviewed?
15. If my claim is denied, can I appeal?
16. Is my application confidential?

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1. Why am I a witness? I didn't see the crime occur.
2. What if the defense attorney contacts me?
3. Do I have to testify in front of the defendant?
4. Who will be with me in court?
5. How long will I be at court?
6. How many times will I have to appear in court?
7. Does the Prosecuting Attorney's office pay my witness fee? Am I paid in cash?
8. Can I get witness fees whether or not I attend on the date stated in the subpoena? What if I can't attend on the date stated in the subpoena?
9. What if my employer won't let me come to court?
10. How do I know if my case has been "called off"?
11. What if I need an interpreter?
12. What if someone threatens me?
13. I was subpoenaed by the defendant, not the prosecutor. Does this change anything?

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1. Who is my lawyer?
2. Who should I talk to about my case?

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1. Can I get my child locked up?
2. Who can visit during visitation hours?
3. How do I drop off my child's medication?
4. Are medical services provided?
5. What should I do if my child has a scheduled outside medical appointment?
6. Can I call and speak to my child or can my child call home?
7. Does my child need money or clothing items?
8. Do the residents attend school?
9. Where do I send or drop off mail?
10. When is my child's next court date?
11. Can my child's pastor and/or counselor see them while they are detained?
12. What items am I allowed to drop off for my child?
13. What if my child missed the Day Treatment van?