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Friend of the Court
County Building
(586) 469-5160
friendofthecourt@macombgov.org
 

Hours of Operation

Monday - Friday:  8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. for Cashiers Office, Medical Enforcement, Interstate Department

Monday - Friday:  8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. for Judicial Service Officers

24 HOUR INTERACTIVE VOICE RESPONSE SYSTEM:  (877) 543-2660

WHEN APPEARING IN PERSON AT FRIEND OF THE COURT, PLEASE DO NOT BRING CHILDREN OR OTHER PERSONS WHO ARE NOT PART OF YOUR CASE.

 

***ATTENTION***

Due to Covid-19, the Court is taking steps to minimize the possibility of further spread of the Corona virus in order to protect all members of our community. 

Due to Governor Whitmer's Stay at Home Order issued on March 23, 2020, Friend of the Court will have limited staff operating under essential functions only. Starting Monday, September 14th, 2020 phone calls will be available between the hours of 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. daily Monday thru Friday. Please be advised due to limited staff wait times may be longer than usual. You can still also submit questions about your case via email, fax, and mail.

CLICK HERE for contact information regarding hearing and child support related matters.

 

PUBLICATION AND NOTICE OF FRIEND OF THE COURT ANNUAL STATUTORY REVIEW

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Stimulus Payment Press Release and FAQs

As a result of a federal requirement, stimulus payments to noncustodial parents who owe child support will be directed to custodial parents and children, the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced. 

“The Office of Child Support wants to make sure parents understand what is happening with stimulus payments to people who owe child support,” said Office of Child Support Director Erin Frisch.  

As federal stimulus payments – officially known as Economic Impact Payments – authorized by the CARES Act are sent to Michigan parents who owe child support and qualify for enforcement, all or a portion of this payment will be intercepted by the IRS through the Tax Offset Program. The funds will then go to the MDHHS Office of Child Support to be applied to the child support debt owed – as required by the CARES Act. 

Funds will be distributed to the custodial parent or guardian in the same way the Office of Child Support distributes all yearly federal income tax refunds that are intercepted.  

The CARES Act authorized stimulus payments to address economic issues and unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The law requires stimulus payments to apply to child support debt when distributing the funds. In some cases, the stimulus payments also will cover debt owed to the state based on specific case circumstances. 

The Office of Child Support does not know how much Michigan will receive from the IRS, but expects to receive weekly payments until the stimulus payments discontinue.

Families will begin receiving the intercepted stimulus payments next week.

Click here for FAQs regarding the stimulus payments

 

ATTENTION: PARENTING TIME QUESTIONS RELATED TO THE COVID-19 OUTBREAK AND EXECUTIVE ORDER NO. 2020-21 ISSUED 3/23/2020. 

Pursuant to the Executive Order No. 2020-21 issued on 3/23/2020, Section 7 (b)(4) specifically states, "Individuals may also travel as required by law enforcement or a court order, including the transportation of children pursuant to a custody agreement."

Further, the Michigan Supreme Court stated on 3/16/2020, "The Supreme Court wants to remind parents that all court orders for a child's custody , parenting time and support are still in force. Only a new court order can change that. Parents should continue to follow their court order." 

All custody and parenting time Orders are still in full force and effect. As stated above, parenting time exchanges are allowed under the Executive Order for shelter-in-place. If both parents are able to come to an agreement regarding parenting time outside of the Court Order that meets the best interest of the minor children during these unprecedented times, that is acceptable. However, per the Michigan Supreme Court, if the parties are unable to agree to share parental responsibilities in ways different than the Court Order provides, the Court Order continues to control. 

CLICK HERE to see FAQs about Custody and Parenting Time During the COVID-19 Outbreak

IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING OBJECTIONS DURING COVID-19 STATE OF EMERGENCY: 

If you have received a recommended order following a motion hearing before a referee, you may fax or email your objections to the FOC.  Calls to the referee's office regarding procedural questions or to request a de novo hearing date will he returned within 24 hours. 

In the event that you have received a recommendation following an evidentiary hearing before a referee, you may e-file, email, or fax your objections to the Macomb County clerk's office. Please check their website for any special instructions. Prior to filing, please contact the assigned Judge's clerk to obtain a hearing date

LOSS OF EMPLOYMENT - WHAT TO DO
If you have become unemployed due to the Covid-10 situation or some other reason and are requesting a support review please submit a request for a support review by email, fax, or letter indicating when you became unemployed, whether or not you are applying for unemployment benefits, and reason for loss of employment. If you are approved for unemployment please send verification of the amount of your weekly benefit as soon as possible. Please include your case number and current phone number in your request. 

CLICK HERE for information or to apply for unemployment benefits

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You can resolve your issue by sending an email or fax, or if the matter is not of an urgent nature sending a letter. Our fax# is 586-469-7941 and our email address for email submissions is friendofthecourt@macombgov.org. You can also submit documents via email or fax. If you do not have a scanner you can take a photo of the document and send it as an email attachment.

 

If you have a show cause hearing or joint meeting scheduled within the next 30 days you are likely to receive a notice that the hearing is being adjourned or rescheduled to a new date. You may receive a telephone call advising you of the new hearing date. You will receive notification of the new date by mail.

 

In an effort to limit walk ins at the Friend Of the Court, the Parenting Time Department will take phone calls regarding questions that involve the current school closures, denials of parenting time as a result of the current school closures, and/or spring break interplay with Court Ordered parenting time. Please note that you should continue to follow the school district calendar for spring break and any other designated holidays as parenting time shall continue as Court ordered. 

 

For all other non-immediate and/or non-emergency parenting time questions or concerns, please submit your complaint in writing either through our online submission form or email submissions to friendofthecourt@macombgov.org

 

*** Until further notice, beginning Monday March 23rd, 2020 we will no longer be taking payments in our cashiers office*** Please make payments electronically via the MISDU.com website or by mailing your payment to : MISDU, P.O. Box 30351, Lansing, Michigan 48909-7851 and be sure to include your case number, your name, county code of 50 for Macomb County, and FIPS code of 26099 on your check or money order. Payment coupons can be printed from MISDU.com. You can also make payments online using credit card or debit card through govpay.net at 1-888-604-7888 Macomb County Friend of the Court account code is 1441. You can also find information on how to make payments at our website foc.macombgov.org/FOC.

 

If you have a bench warrant and want to resolve it instead of coming in person please call our office at 586-469-5756.

 

CLICK HERE for Important statement from the Supreme Court on matters involving children

 

Click below for updated guidelines:

Custody and Parenting Time Guidelines

 

Effective August 1, 2018 the hours for walk-ins regarding support and parenting time will be from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.

"MoneyGram Logo"

A new payment option is now being offered for non-custodial parents to pay their child support.  The MoneyGram service allows the payment of child support to be made in cash at CVS Pharmacy and Walmart stores only.  Please note this does not include CVS pharmacy locations within the Target stores or other retail stores, or online payments at MoneyGram.com.  

HOW TO USE MONEYGRAM

To begin using the MoneyGram service to pay child support, payers will need to bring cash, present their docket number, yyyy-xxxxxx, and use Michigan's Child Support Receive Code of 14689, to the MoneyGram clerk at your nearest payment location.  There is a fee for using this service.  More information is available on the MiSDU site.  


View your case/docket information online. The State of Michigan has created a website for viewing your case information. The MiChildSupport Web application provides Custodial and Non-Custodial parents an efficient way to access selected information about payments and enforcement activity on your case/docket. Click here to create your account. For answers to frequently asked questions, please click here

The MiChildSupport website is now mobile friendly!

Did you know you can get answers to many questions regarding your case on the MiChildSupport website.  Avoid long lines, and waiting on hold.  Sign up today!  Access your Friend of the Court case online,  click here