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Friend of the Court Handbook 2017

The purpose of this handbook is to provide information about FOC responsibilities to persons who have family division domestic relations cases. This handbook also outlines the basic responsibilities of parties. Any questions about procedures or requirements outlined in this handbook may be discussed with an employee of your local FOC or with the attorney of your choice.

While required by law, this handbook is not a legal document and is not intended to provide legal advice to you. Nothing in this handbook changes local rules or the laws of the State of Michigan, or the written requirements in your court orders. Similarly, while FOC employees will attempt to explain matters contained in this handbook, they are not allowed to give legal advice and nothing they say will change existing rules or law.


MiChildSupport is a website administered by the Department of Human Services in order to provide you with up-to-date information regarding your case. Our office will have someone available to assist you with either signing up on MiChildSupport or learning to better navigate the MiChildSupport website on a walk-in basis.  No appointment is necessary!  We look forward to assisting you with this exciting and innovative tool! 

Make A Child Support Payment

Child Support Calculator

U.S. Bank Reliacard (Child Support Debit Card)

MiBridges Benefits Login

Child Protective Services

If you suspect abuse or neglect, call 855-444-3911 any time. This is a 24 hour line that allows you to report abuse or neglect of any child or adult to the Michigan Department of Human Services.

Domestic Violence Coalition

Michigan Supreme Court 

State Court Administrative Office

Van Buren County Resource Guide

Michigan Child Support Formula Manual

Up To Parents

Up to Parents is designed for divorcing and divorced parents.

24/7 Dad

Do It For The Kids Workshop for Mom

Great Start Coalition - Van Buren County

Van Buren County Suicide Prevention Coalition

Community Services Resource Plan

Encouraging Words for your Child

Early Childhood Calendar of Events: Snow Much Fun!

Parent Cafe!

Van Buren County Breakfast/ Lunch Distribution during the COVID-19 shutdowns


To view these statutes, visit the Michigan Legislature:

      • Friend of the Court Act- MCL 522.501
      • Support & Parenting Time Enforcement Act- MCL 552.601
      • Child Custody Act- MCL 722.21
      • Paternity Act- MCL 722.711
      • Family Support Act- MCL 552.451
      • Uniform Interstate Family Support Act- MCL 552.1101
      • Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act- MCL 722.1101
      • Regarding Travel in Foreign Countries- MCL 722.27A(9)

Publications (brochures and handbooks) from the State Court Administrative Office/ Friend of the Court Bureau