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FOC 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.

Resolving Custody, Parenting Time, and Child Support Disputes without a Trial

Michigan Child Support Formula Manual

While We Heal: While we heal is a resource available to parents who are open to the idea of reconciliation.

Proud To Parent: Proud to Parent is designed for parents who have never been married to each other.

Up To Parents : Up to Parents is designed for divorcing and divorced parents.

Great Start Coalition- Van Buren County

Van Buren County Suicide Prevention Coalition

Community Services Resource Plan

Encouraging Words for Your Child

24/7 Dad

Paternity Leave Grant Opportunity

Back to School & Early Childhood Events Aug - Sept

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

Resolving Custody Parenting Time and Support Disputes without trial 

An Employer's Guide to Income Withholding

Child Support and Military Families

Facts About the Michigan Child Support Formula 

Information About Using Liens to Obtain Past Due Support

Tax Refund Offset Program  

The Uniform Interstate Family Support Act (UIFSA)

Unemployment Resources: How to Modify Your Child Support Amount

Enforcement of Domestic Relations Orders

Show Cause Proceedings in Domestic Relations Cases

What it Means to Represent Yourself in a Domestic Relations Matter  


Michigan Supreme Court 


State Court Administrative Office


Child Support Calculator


MiBridges Benefits Login


Make A Child Support Payment


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



MiChildSupport is a website administered by the Department of Human Services in order to provide you with up-to-date information regarding your case. For more information about MiChildSupport, click here.   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 are looking forward to assisting you with this exciting and innovative tool! 


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: (888)655-9008


Van Buren County Resource Guide


Van Buren County Clerk: (269)657-8218