Friend of the Court FAQ

Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the Customer Service lobby is closed to the public until further notice. 

You may still access information about your case by:
  • Calling the FOC Call Center at (844) 785-7593
  • Calling the Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU) at (877) 543-2660 for payment information only
  • Signing up for MiChildSupport online at www.michigan.gov/michildsupport to access case information or ask questions about your case
  • Customers in need of walk-in assistance may leave a voicemail at (313) 224-2184 or email CustomerService@3rdcc.org. A Friend of the Court child support professional will respond within two (2) business days.
  • Attorneys may leave a voicemail at (313) 224-5295 or email at focattorneyline@3rdcc.org
  • Click here for all customer service options available in lieu of in-person contact.
You may make child support payments:
Civil Child Support Bench Warrants

Due to the State of Emergency, walk-in resolution of Friend of the Court civil child support bench warrants in Courtroom 1907 of the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday has been temporarily canceled. You may take care of your civil child support bench warrant by paying the full bond amount at a law enforcement agency. You may also attempt to resolve your bench warrant by calling the Wayne County Sheriff's Department at (313) 224-4066. If you pay the bond, you must still call the Wayne County Sheriff's Department at (313) 224-4066 to discuss how the bond will be applied to your support account. If you do not contact the Wayne County Sheriff's Department within 15 days of paying the bond, the bond will be applied to your support account.

Changing the Child Support Amount

Child support may be changed by filing a Motion to Change Child Support (FOC Form 4035). Michigan Compiled Law § 552.603 allows the Court to change support back to the date a motion is filed and served on the other party. Therefore, filing your motion as soon as possible will mean that any change in your child support may start earlier.

You may also request a Support Review through the Friend of the Court. This written request may be mailed to P.O. Box 829, Detroit, MI 48231 or emailed to EmergencyRevMod@3rdcc.org. The start date on this type of review would begin the 1st day of the month following the date a Notice of Support Review has been mailed to both parties. The Friend of the Court mails out the Notice of Support Review once it has worked your request. Please understand these review requests may take time to process due to the availability of staff and the volume of cases received for review during this time.

How to File a Motion during the State of Emergency

The Third Circuit Court location at the Coleman A. Young Municipal Center is closed to the public. Motions may be filed with the County Clerk’s office by:

  • Mail to Wayne County Clerk, Room 201, Coleman A. Young Municipal Center, Two Woodward Avenue, Detroit, MI 48226
  • Fax Emergency filings to (313) 964-7340 and Non-Emergency filings to (313) 964-7341
  • Email Emergency filings to Emergency@3rdcc.org and Non-Emergency filings to Filings@3rdcc.org

Fees must be paid or waived before filing. Click here for more information on filing by fax or email and how to request a fee waiver. Please follow all directions on the website or else your filing may be rejected.

In order to get a hearing date, you will need to monitor the case on https://www.3rdcc.org/odyssey-public-access-(opa) to determine when the Motion has been filed with the Clerk's Office. Once the Motion has been filed, you will need to complete the ePraecipe. Click here for more information on the ePraecipe under Motion Hearing Dates

Access to Files and/or Court Orders

If you need a copy of a court order, submit the FOC Access to Records request (FOC Form 4022) and we will process your request. Due to delays in processing request for records, you may file a motion to modify an order without attaching the current order if it is unavailable during this time.

Hearings during the State of Emergency

All Domestic Scheduling Conferences, trials and other hearings before the assigned Judge scheduled between March 16, 2020 and May 10, 2020 are adjourned. Further, all Friend of the Court proceedings scheduled between March 16, 2020 and May 10, 2020, including, but not limited to, hearings in front of the Friend of the Court Referees, Friend of the Court initiated Show Cause Hearings, FAME appointments, and Friend of the Court Case Establishment hearings are adjourned.

New notices will be sent to parties and attorneys of record when the Court resumes full operations. You do not need to contact the Court for a new hearing date, a new notice will be sent.

Parenting Time during the State of Emergency

Governor Whitmer signed the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order 2020-21 on March 23, 2020. Section 7(b) exempts transportation of children pursuant to a court order from the stay at home order. Parties should continue to follow the current custody and parenting time orders. We encourage parties to work together for the health, safety, and well-being of your child(ren) during this difficult time.

Many parenting time orders reference school breaks and summer vacations. Per the April 10, 2020 State Court Administrative Memorandum regarding Parenting Time and Child Support Issues under Executive Order 2020-35, the Wayne County Friend of the Court will enforce parenting time complaints based on the 2019/2020 school calendar.

For more information on how to navigate custody and parenting time during the COVID-19 outbreak, see the Frequently Asked Questions published by the State Court Administrative Office.

Stimulus Payments

The Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (the CARES Act) provides Americans with up a cash stimulus of $1,200 per adult and $500 per qualifying child in the household. The stimulus payments are treated the same as tax refund. They are subject to be intercepted for child support arrearages if a payer owes (1) $150 or more if their child is receiving cash assistance or is in foster care, or (2) $500 or more if their child is not receiving cash assistance. Because these stimulus payments are treated as a tax refund offset, the CARES Act does not provide states the option to suspend federal tax refund offset in cases meeting criteria set forth in the Social Security Act and 45 CFR § 303.72.

If you filed a joint income tax return, your spouse may file an Injured Spouse Claim to contest the stimulus intercept. The Injured Spouse Claim Form is IRS Form 8379.

Extension of Child Support beyond age 18 during the State of Emergency

Executive Order 2020-35 closed schools for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Michigan Compiled Law § 552.605b(2) provides that support may be extended beyond the age of 18, but no later than 19 years and 6 months, if the child is regularly attending high school full-time, with a reasonable expectation of graduating, while residing full-time with the recipient of support or at an institution. Each school district is allowed to determine how the child will meet graduation requirements.

Both payers and payees have questions about if and how child support will be extended for children who have reached the age of 18 given the Governor’s Executive Order closing schools. Pursuant to the State Court Administrative Office’s April 10, 2020 Memorandum, the Wayne County Friend of the Court will handle these cases as follows:

  • If the current support order extends support to a specific graduation date, support will continue to charge through that date unless modified by a subsequent order.
  • If the current support order does not specifically extend support to the anticipated graduation date, support will stop charging as of the 1st of the month following the child’s 18th birthday unless the Friend of the Court receives verification from the child’s high school attesting that:
    • The child had a reasonable expectation of graduating prior to the school closure AND
    • The graduation date pursuant to the original 2019/2020 school calendar, prior to the school closure.
    If the verification is received with these items, support will be extended until the 1st of the month following the child’s graduation date pursuant to the district’s 2019/2020 school calendar.
  • If support was extended to the graduation date based on verification from the high school prior to the State of Emergency, support will continue to be charged through the 1st of the month following the child’s graduation date unless stopped by court order.

If either party disagrees with the end-date of support, they may file a motion before the referee.

More Child Support Questions

For more information on child support during the COVID-19 outbreak, see the Frequently Asked Questions published by the State Court Administrative Office.

Legal Resources

Below are some resources available for legal help with your filings. The Third Circuit Court cannot guarantee whether all of these resources are in full operation during this time. Their hours and services may be affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

Lakeshore Legal Aid
(888) 783-8190

William Booth Legal Aid Clinic
(313) 361-6340

Michigan Legal Help

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