Opt Out of the Friend of the Court
Introduction and Eligibility for Opting Out
YOU ARE NOT ELIGIBLE TO OPT OUT OF THE FRIEND OF THE COURT IF ANY OF THE FOLLOWING APPLY:
1. The children on the case are receiving any assistance from FIA, including cash assistance (TANF), food stamps, Medicaid, and day care assistance.
2. There is a history of domestic violence in your case.
3. There is any arrearage owing for support, fees, and/or costs.
IF YOU HAVE AN ATTORNEY, DO NOT USE THIS FORM, SEE YOUR ATTORNEY.
IF YOU FILE THIS MOTION YOU MUST PAY A $20.00 MOTION FEE TO THE VAN BUREN COUNTY CLERK. THE CLERK WILL ACCEPT A MONEY ORDER OR CASH (do not mail cash; pay cash only in person at the Clerk’s Office.) IN ADDITION, YOU MAY BE ASSESSED A JUDGEMENT FEE.
IF YOU ARE REPRESENTING YOURSELF, YOU ARE REPONSIBLE FOR OBTAINING YOUR HEARING DATE FROM THE FRIEND OF THE COURT, SERVING THE OTHER PARTY, AND MAKING AND FILING ALL NECESSARY COPIES. MOTIONS ARE FILED AT THE COUNTY CLERK’S OFFICE, NOT THE FRIEND OF THE COURT OFFICE.
**THE ADVICE OF RIGHTS FORM MUST BE SIGNED BY BOTH PARTIES**