Corona Virus Information

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
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Assistant: Lori Kaczmarek


 

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

 

Ms. Stephanie Witucki
Chief Referee
(313) 224-6521
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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
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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) 224-1790
Courtroom 11-C (sharing courtroom),Penobscot

Referee

Parenting Time Docket

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 11-C

645 Griswold

Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff:  Denita Schroeder (313) 224-1790

Motions Heard: Monday, Tuesday, and alternate Fridays at 9:00 a.m.


 
(313) 224-5350
Courtroom10-B

Case Establishment Docket

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

Support Staff:  (313) 224-5350


 
(313) 224-1790
Courtroom 11-C (sharing courtroom),Penobscot

Referee

Parenting Time Docket

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 11-C

645 Griswold

Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff:  Denita Schroeder (313) 224-1790

Motions Heard: Wednesday, Thursday, and alternate Fridays 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:  Maria Walker (313) 224-8178
FOC Attorney:  John Harb, (313) 224-8421
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) 224-5369
Courtroom 10-C, Penobscot

Judge: Honorable Kathleen M. McCarthy

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 10-C

645 Griswold

Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff: (313) 224-5369

FOC Attorney: Adrienne Scruggs, (313) 967-6984

Motions Heard at: 9:00 a.m.

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

Judge:  Honorable Mary Beth Kelly

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) 224-2866
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

Wayne County Friend of the Court and The Children's Center teamed up for a presentation on changes to the Friend of the Court due to COVID-19. The presentation was recorded and may be viewed here. If you would like to attend a live presentation, the next one is scheduled for Wednesday, April 21, 2021 and Tuesday, May 11, 2021 both at 5:30 p.m.. Information on the event can be found here.
Due to the COVID-19 State of Emergency, the Customer Service lobby is closed to the public until further notice. Click here for all customer service options available in lieu of in-person contact.
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. Respondents with child support bench warrants may call (313) 224-4066 to attempt to resolve their warrant telephonically.
The only Friend of the Court outreach events still taking place are those at the UAW and The Wellness Center. All other outreach events and legal aid clinics have been canceled until further notice. Please stay safe and healthy.
The State Court Administrative Office has published Frequently Asked Questions about Child Support During the COVID-19 Outbreak. You can view them here: https://courts.michigan.gov/Administration/SCAO/Resources/Documents/COVID-19/ChildSupport-FAQ.pdf
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

Press Release - Mock Trial Solicitation

Apr 09, 2021

For Immediate Release

 

Contact: Zenell B. Brown, Executive Court Administrator
  (313) 224-2236
 
Subject: Mock Trial Solicitation

 

Detroit, MI – The Third Circuit Court learned today that TrialJurors.com has posted notices inviting “Residents of Wayne County to participate in a Virtual Jury Project to be conducted by online videoconference on Saturday, April 17 or Sunday, April 18.” It is unclear from the solicitation whether this solicitation applies to residents of Wayne County, Michigan or one of the other 15 counties named Wayne throughout the United States.

The Third Circuit Court in Wayne County, Michigan has no connection with this project and was not advised about efforts to reach Wayne County residents to participate in the project. Please note that the Virtual Jury Project solicitation has no connection with jury service with the Third Circuit Court.

Verdict Services, Inc., acting as TrialJurors.com, produced this solicitation. Verdict Services, Inc., a Georgia corporation, is a trial services company. It provides clients with mock trials, focus groups, and online surveys in anticipation of possible trials. Services like mock trials, focus groups, and online surveys may assist attorneys prepare for trial and advise their clients on the risks and issues associated with a case.

The TrialJurors.com Virtual Jury Project is entirely unrelated to the system of summoning jurors for trials used by the Third Circuit Court. Participation with the Mock Trial Solicitation does not excuse any Wayne County residents from jury service at the Third Circuit Court. The Third Circuit Court does not endorse this process.

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Referee hearings are held Monday through Friday mornings at the times listed above for each Referee. Information on how to file a motion in front of the Referee and obtain a hearing date may be found at http://www.3rdcc.org/divisions/family-domestic/emergency-and-non-emergency-filings. If you have questions related to the dockets other than scheduling, please contact the assigned support staff listed above.


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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