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Family Domestic / FOC

Important Updates
Effective Monday, April 20, 2020, the Family Division-Domestic Relations Section location at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center will be closed to the public until further notice. See the following links for updates on operations during this time:

Overview

The mission of the Wayne County Friend of Court is to serve and educate families and assist the court in domestic relations matters to promote the best interest of children.

To speak to a Friend of the Court representative regarding your Friend of the Court case, please call 1‑844‑785‑7593.

To reach the State of Michigan’s Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system, call 1‑877‑543‑2660.  When asked for the County, enter 929.  This system provides automated access to some payment and enforcement information for persons who have signed up for a PIN for their case.

Coleman A. Young Municipal Center (CAYMC)
Penobscot Building (PNB)

Ms. Erin Lincoln
Friend of the Court
(313) 224-6639 -

Assistant: Lori Kaczmarek


 

 


Ms. Jillian Fitzgerald
Assistant Friend of the Court - Legal Director
(313) 224-5370 -
Assistant:  Leslie George

 

 


Ms. Stephanie Witucki
Chief Referee
(313) 224-6521 -

Power Court

Penobscot Building
645 Griswold
Detroit, MI 48226

Assistant:  Kim Wilson (313) 224-6521


 

 


Ms. Denise Fitzhugh
Director of Administrative Operations
(313) 224-6760 -

Assistant: Dawana Andrews


 

 


 


 


(313) 224-5690 Courtroom 10-F, Penobscot

Judge: Honorable Charlene Elder

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 10-F

645 Griswold Detroit, MI 48226



Support Staff: Gloria Howard, (313) 224-5690

FOC Attorney: Jonn Walinske, (313) 224-5337

Motions Heard At: 9:00 a.m.


 
(313) 224-8178 Courtroom 11-E, Penobscot

Judge:  Honorable Lynne A. Pierce

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 11-E
645 Griswold
Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff:  (313) 224-8178
FOC Attorney:  Lindsey Lavine, (313) 224-4668
Motions Heard At:  9:45 a.m.







 
(313) 224-5037 Courtroom 10-G, Penobscot

Judge:  Honorable Eric Cholack

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 10-G
645 Griswold
Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff:  Lisa White, (313) 224-5037
FOC Attorney:  Shannan Doyle, (313) 967-2618
Motions Heard At:  9:00 a.m.


 
(313) 224-6521 Courtroom 10-B, Penobscot

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Penobscot Building, Courtroom 10-B

645 Griswold

Detroit, MI 48226


 
(313) 224-5186 Courtroom 10-D, Penobscot

Judge:  Honorable Adel Harb

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 10-D
645 Griswold
Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff:  (313) 224-5186
FOC Attorney:  Adrienne Scruggs, (313) 967-6984
Motions Heard At:  9:00 a.m.


 
(313) 967-6787 Courtroom 11-D, Penobscot

Judge: Honorable Charles S. Hegarty

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 11-D

645 Griswold

Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff: Teresa Welch, (313) 967-6787

FOC Attorney: Nannette Meyette, (313) 224-6992

Motions Heard At: 9:00 a.m.


 
(313) 224-7164 Courtroom 10-A, Penobscot

Judge:  Honorable Carla G. Testani

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 10-A
645 Griswold
Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff:  Tonya Little, (313) 224-7164
FOC Attorney:  Heather Lutz, (313) 967-2619
Motions Heard At:  9:45 a.m.


 
(313) 224-0072 Courtroom 11-G, Penobscot

Honorable Alexis A. Glendening

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 11-G

645 Griswold

Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff: Hope Hale, (313) 224-0072

FOC Attorney: Alyce Haas, (313) 224-7608

Motions Heard At: 9:45 a.m.


 
(313) 224-7168 Courtroom 11-F, Penobscot

Judge:  Honorable Helal A. Farhat

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 11-F
645 Griswold
Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff:  Vicki Leonard (313) 224-7168
FOC Attorney:  Jamie Bissell (313) 224-3781
Motions Heard At:  9:00 a.m.


 
(313) 224-5369 Courtroom 10-C, Penobscot

Judge:  Honorable Melissa A. Cox

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 10-C
645 Griswold
Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff:  (313) 224-5369
FOC Attorney:  Brittany Jones, (313) 224-0204
Motions Heard At:  9:45 a.m.


 
(313) 224-1790 Courtroom 10-E, Penobscot

Judge:  Honorable Lisa Neilson

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 10-E

645 Griswold
Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff:  Crystal Palmer, (313) 224-2866

FOC Attorney:  Carl Meyer, (313) 224-6754

Motions Heard At:  9:45 a.m.


 

 

Free Child Support Help:

News / Announcements

During the State of Emergency, respondents with child support bench warrants may call (313) 224-4066 to attempt to resolve their warrant telephonically.
 Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the Friend of the Court is only handling essential services at this time. All hearings through May 10, 2020 have been canceled and will be rescheduled when the court reopens. You will receive a new hearing notice in the mail. Please see the May 4, 2020 Press Release below for more information. We apologize for any inconvenience.  
 The State Court Administrative Office has published Frequently Asked Questions regarding Custody and Parenting Time during the COVID-19 Outbreak. You can view them here: https://courts.michigan.gov/Administration/SCAO/Resources/Documents/COVID-19/CustodyPT-FAQ.pdf  
 All Friend of the Court outreach events and legal aid clinics have been canceled until further notice. Please stay safe and healthy.
 The Friend of the Court genetic testing office will not be conducting genetic tests at this time. All genetic testing appointments scheduled for between March 16, 2020 and April 13, 2020 are cancelled and will be rescheduled. Parties will receive a rescheduled appointment date in the mail. We apologize for any inconvenience. 
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Referee hearings are held Monday through Friday mornings at the times listed above for each Referee. All Referee hearing dates must be obtained from the Friend of the Court Scheduling Office located in Room 900A of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center after you have filed your motion with the County Clerk in Room 201. If you have questions related to the dockets other than scheduling, please contact the assigned support staff listed above.

If you have documents to drop off for a Referee, please take them to the Concierge Desk on the 1st floor of the Friend of the Court offices, and staff will direct the items to the appropriate referee.


Referee Availability

24 hour Case Information Access:
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https://www.michigan.gov/michildsupport

Please visit above site for:

  • Account Balances
  • Hearing Dates
  • The ability to ask questions of a FOC caseworker, and more.

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