Family Division

Serving under the Michigan Judicial Branch of government, the Family Division of the Circuit Court has exclusive jurisdiction over all family matters including juvenile cases. Created with an effective date of January 1, 1998, the Family Division of the Circuit Court (also known as Family Court) handles:
  • Abuse and Neglect Matters
  • Adoptions
  • Custody
  • Divorces and Ancillary Matters
  • Emancipation of Minors
  • Juvenile Offenses
  • Name Changes
  • Parenting Time
  • Paternity
  • Personal Protection Orders
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Circuit Judges for Family Division include Judges elected as Probate Judges, appointed to the Family Court position, and serve 6-year terms. Family Court Referees are cross trained to hear both domestic and juvenile matters.

ADA Compliance
This court is committed to compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. If you require special accommodations to use the court because of disabilities, please contact the ADA Coordinator, Kris Randall, at 231-922-6874 to make arrangements and fill out the ADA Request for Accommodations Form (PDF).

Communications Equipment
Those who wish to participate in matters before this court through use of communication equipment (telephone or videoconferencing) may do so by filing a written request (PDF) and complying with MCR 2.402 for telephone and MCR 2.407 for video equipment. 

Requests must be submitted to the Court at least 7 days prior to the hearing. A written request is fine or an acceptable form can be printed online.

Court personnel may not give legal advice. The following agencies are available:
  • Legal Hotline for Michigan Seniors (Age 60+): 800-347-5297
  • Legal Services of Northern Michigan: 231-941-0771
  • State Bar of Michigan Lawyer Referral Service: 800-968-0738
  • Third Level Legal Aid Clinic: 231-922-4800
  • Women's Resource Center Family Law Clinic: 231-941-1210