Checks - Your child support checks, refunds, abatements, etc. are not processed at the Friend of the Court Office. The responsibility for processing payments and mailing payments is handled in Lansing, Michigan, by the Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU). If you receive mail from the MiSDU, please do not throw it away - it could be your child support payment, or an important notice from the State of Michigan or from the Friend of the Court Office.
Payments - Payments are to be submitted to: MiSDU, P.O. Box 30351, Lansing, MI 48909-7851. Your check or money order must include the following: your name, social security number, your court case number, county code 80, and FIPS code 26159. Payers are provided coupons by the MiSDU. If you have an order to pay support and you do not have an effective wage withholding order in place, you will receive coupons to be used when you pay your support. These coupons are printed and mailed by the MiSDU. If your coupon amount differs from your court ordered amount, pay the amount you are ordered to pay. Use these to make sure your payment is properly identified by the MiSDU.
No check or money order payments are accepted by the Friend of the Court Office. Do not send any support payments by check or money order to the Friend of the Court Office. The Friend of the Court only accepts cash payments or credit card payments(in person at the Friend of the Court Office). Do not mail cash to the Friend of the Court Office or to the MiSDU under any circumstance.
YOU CAN NOW PAY BY CREDIT CARD!
You may now pay 36th Judicial Circuit Court Friend of the Court - Van Buren County payments by credit card through Government Payment Services. Available 24 hours toll free by calling 888-604-7888 or online by visiting https://www.govpaynow.com . Government Payment Services will charge the cardholder a convenience fee.
In order to process your payment, Government Payment Services will need:
- Name of payer
- Payer's date of birth
- Payer's social security number
- Friend of the Court case number
- Name of payee
THE PAY LOCATION CODE IS 1027
Government Payment Services accepts: Discover, Visa, MasterCard, Diners Club,American Express and Debit Cards.
The Friend of the Court is excited to announce a new option for making Child Support Payments! PayNearMe is now available!
Distribution - A child support payment made by a payer will be applied to all of that payer's Michigan child support cases. The MiSDU is required to follow federal regulations for allocating child support. This means that a payment made by a payer is applied proportionately to all of the payer’s Michigan child support cases. Also it means recipients of support may not always receive the court ordered amount of their support; therefore, they may not always receive the same amount in their check. For more details on the distribution of support, please see the publication entitled “Understanding Child Support Distribution” on this website, or contact the Friend of the Court Office for a copy of this publication.
Charges - Monthly support charges – The law in Michigan requires all weekly support amounts be converted to monthly amounts. The formula established by the State Court Administrative Office is as follows: weekly amount X 4.35 = monthly amount.
Correspondence - You should mail correspondence to the local Friend of the Court Office including: address changes, grievances, etc. Mail only support payments to the MiSDU.
A new law (Public Act 138 of 2003, MCL 600.2538 as amended) that started October 1, 2003 has raised the total monthly fees by $0.25. Fees are now $3.50 per month. A $21.00 fee is added to the accounts each January 1 and July 1.