Friend of the Court

Coronavirus Note

During these difficult times we are encouraging people to use the below link below to make child support payments.  This will help to decrease the number of individuals that need to be in the courthouse over the next few weeks and ensure that children are still receiving the support that they need.

Make an Individual Child Support Payment - Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU)

What We Do

The Friend of the Court’s professional mission is to:

  • Provide assistance, information and respond to the needs of families involved in domestic relations actions in the 29th Family Court.
  • Encourage family cooperation in resolving matters of custody, parenting time and child support.
  • Enforce court orders of custody, parenting time and child support as required by law in an objective, respectful and timely manner.
  • Implement and utilize the Federally mandated computer system to perform required activities related to Court Ordered modification, reporting and enforcement of child support.

Child Support

For questions on child support (payments, balance info, dates) please contact MiSDU Customer Service Center at 1-877-543-2660 or MiCase Office of Child Support website. You may also contact your support caseworker. 

Custody/Parenting Time

For questions on custody or parenting time, please contact your Custody/Parenting Time caseworker. 

Presiding Judges

  • Kristin Bakker, Probate Judge
  • Cori E. Barkman, Circuit Judge
  • Shannon L.W. Schlegel, Circuit Judge
  1. Jennifer D. Wood, J.D.

    Court Administrator/Friend of the Court

  2. Ann Sharkey

    Attorney Referee

Caseworker Custody / Parenting Time (Custody / Parenting Time / Changes to Support)

First Letter of Father's Last NameCaseworkerPhone
A through KJessie Tibbits989-449-4255
L through ZJanet Fenton989-449-4254

Child Support Caseworkers (Enforcement Collection & Income Withholding)

First Letter of Father's Last NameCaseworkerPhone
A through KErin Friend989-449-4251
L through ZYvonne Denman989-449-4256
  1. Amanda VanPage

    Financial Officer

  2. Stephanie Weismiller

    Account Clerk