Family Division

RESPONSIBILITIES


Serving under the Michigan Judicial Branch of government, the Family Division of the Circuit Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all family matters including juvenile cases. Created with an effective date of January 1, 1998, the Family Division of the Circuit Court (also known as Family Court) handles:

  • Adoptions
  • Child Protective Proceedings
  • Child Support Disputes
  • Child Custody Disputes
  • Divorces and Ancillary Matters
  • Emancipation of Minors
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Name Changes
  • Parenting Time Disputes
  • Paternity Actions
  • Personal Protection Orders Involving Minor Children 
JUDGES
Circuit Judges for Family Division include Judges elected as Probate Judges who are appointed to the Family Court position. These Judges serve 6-year terms. Family Court Referees hear both domestic and juvenile matters.

ADA COMPLIANCE


This court is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special accommodations to use the court because of disabilities, please contact the ADA Coordinator, Kristyn Brendel, at 231-922-6874 to make arrangements and fill out the ADA Request for Accommodations Form (PDF).

COMMUNICATIONS EQUIPMENT


Those who wish to participate in matters before this court through use of communication equipment (telephone or videoconferencing) may do so by filing a written request (PDF) and complying with MCR 2.402 for telephone and MCR 2.407 for video equipment. 

Requests must be submitted to the Court at least 7 days prior to the hearing and a copy served on all other parties. Please use the above attached form or one drafted to be comparatively similar. Requests for videoconferencing will be reviewed by the Court to determine if criteria exists pursuant to Michigan Court Rules.

INTERPRETER REQUESTS/TRANSLATED COURT FORMS
Requests for an interpreter must be submitted to the Court at least 7 days prior to the hearing and a copy served on all parties. Click here for more information.

RESOURCES


Court personnel cannot give legal advice. The following resources are available: