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Friend of the Court

Arrears Management Program


*This program does not apply to arrears owed to 1) a custodial party, 2) for reimbursement of Medicaid expenses, 3) birth/confinement expenses; or 4) statutory service fees

The Michigan Office of Child Support (OCS) now has a program to help certain payers reduce state-owed child support debt (arrears). Our records show that you owe past-due child support to the State of Michigan.

There are plans that allow for some or all of the state-owed past-due child support to be forgiven for a payer in certain situations, for example:

  • Homeless

  • In prison long-term

  • Unemployable

  • Currently receiving SSI (Supplemental Security Income)

  • Dealing with large medical costs (self or family)

  • Now living with the children on the court order

  • Now married to the other party on the court order

If you do not qualify for one of the above, but you can pay some but not all of your past-due child support, the state will “match” a one-time payment toward the debt. For example, if you pay $1000, the state will then reduce state-owed debt by another $1000. 

If you are interested in participating in or learning more, please print and complete the Request to Discharge State-Owed Debt (DHS-681) and return it to the Friend of the Court Office. Once received, it will be reviewed to determine if you are eligible.
NOTE: The Request to Discharge State-Owed Debt (DHS-681) must be completed in full. There can be no blanks or it will be rejected. 

If you have any questions regarding either of these programs,  contact the Macomb County Friend of the Court at (586) 469-5160.