Friend of the Court Handbook
This handbook provides information about duties and procedures for the Friend of the Court, rights and responsibilities of parties in family law matters, and information about basic court procedures in domestic relations cases.
Family law matters can be difficult and painful. The Family Court of the 16th Judicial Circuit is responsible for resolving the legal concerns which affect your family.
Family law matters can be difficult for children. Parents can help by establishing or maintaining children’s regular routines, encouraging frequent and regular contact between children and both parents, being supportive of the other parent’s participation in the children’s school and other activities, and exchanging information regarding the children’s well-being.
Children need both parents. When you cooperate, you reassure your children that change can be positive. You also build the foundation for your new parental relationship and responsibility. Your children will always want both of you to be a part of their lives, to attend their high school/college graduations, to be at their weddings, celebrate the birth of their children, and to be part of other major life events. You should want them to be able to say, “Despite what mom and dad may have felt toward one another, they always treated each other with courtesy and respect and never put us (the children) in the middle of their disputes”.
We will do our best to handle your case quickly and fairly. Please follow the suggestions in this handbook and you will be well on your way to doing your part.
Thomas F. Blohm, Director
Macomb County Friend of the Court