Corona Virus Information

Family Domestic / FOC

Important Updates


The Friend of the Court Customer Service lobby at the Penobscot Building is OPEN to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays ONLY, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (must be in line by 3:45 p.m.). All customers are required to wear a medical grade mask. Space is limited to allow for proper social distancing. Virtual Customer Service appointments are available on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The Family Division-Domestic Relations Section filing options have changed. Please see the filing instructions below for further information. The Clerk’s office located at Coleman A. Young Municipal Center is open for in-person filings for Family Domestic on Mondays and Thursdays ONLY. The Friend of the Court Scheduling Office is open for Friend of the Court motion scheduling ONLY.

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.

Those needing TTY services may call 1-833-936-2889.

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


 

Ms. Michelle A. Milligan
Director of Family Assessment Services
(313) 833-2828
Questions about FAME Assessments Only
Assistant:  Maria Walker

 

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

Judge:  Honorable Adel Harb

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

Support Staff:  Maria Walker (313) 224-8178
FOC Attorney:  Heather Lutz (313) 967-2619
Motions Heard At:  9:00 a.m.


 
(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 8:30 a.m.


 
(313) 224-2866
Courtroom10-D

Presiding Judge: Melissa A. Cox

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 10-D

645 Griswold

Detroit, MI 48226

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

FOC Attorney: Dominique Peacock, (313) 224-7829

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: Wednesday, Thursday, and alternate Fridays at 8:30 a.m.


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

Judge:  Honorable Nicole N. Goodson

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

Support Staff:  Maria Walker (313) 224-8178
FOC Attorney:  Dominique Peacock (313) 224-7829
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:  Alyce Haas, (313) 224-7608
Motions Heard At:  9:00 a.m.


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

Judge: Yvonna A. Abraham

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 10-C

645 Griswold

Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff: Jennifer Shelton, (313) 224-5369

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

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:  Carl Meyer, (313) 224-6754
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:  Heather Lutz (313) 967-2619
Motions Heard At:  9:00 a.m.


 
(313) 224-5350
Courtroom 10-B, Penobscot

Referee

Case Establishment

Penobscot Building, Courtroom 10-B

645 Griswold

Detroit, MI 48226

Support Staff:  (313) 224-5350

Motions Heard: 8:30 a.m.


 
(313) 224-2866
Courtroom 10-E, Penobscot

Judge:  Honorable Susan A. Dabaja

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

Starting October 3, 2022, the Friend of the Court Customer Service lobby at the Penobscot Building will be OPEN to the public on Mondays, Tuesdays and Thursdays ONLY, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (must be in line by 3:45 p.m.). All customers will be required to wear a medical grade mask. Space will be limited to allow for proper social distancing. Virtual Customer Service appointments are available on Wednesdays and Fridays.
Wayne County Dispute Resolution, in coordination with Third Judicial Circuit of Michigan, is presenting a Parent Education Program. This program will educate parents on the Friend of the Court and about mediation. Please see the attached flier for more information.
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
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, 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.


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.


24 hour Case Information Access:
FOC-Payment-Message

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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