Family Division Overview

Family Division Overview

Please note that judicial reassignments in the Family Division have occurred. For more information view the Press Release.

The Family Division of the Circuit Court was created by Public Act 388 of 1996.  Effective on January 1, 1998, all family matters previously handled by the Circuit and Probate Courts in Oakland County became consolidated under the new Family Division of the Circuit Court, creating one place where a family could go with all of its legal issues. The Family Court Plan outlined in Administrative Order 2015-08 currently governs the operations of the Family Division. Cases involving a family are assigned to judicial teams consisting of the judge, referees, case assistants, and family counselors.

The Family Division is comprised of both  Circuit Judges and Probate Judges. The division handles matters involving:

  • Adoption
  • Divorces with or without children
  • Juvenile Abuse and Neglect
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Juvenile Traffic
  • Personal Protection Orders
  • Probate Court matters ancillary to Circuit Court cases such as Minor Guardianships & Mental Health Petitions


The goal of the Oakland County Circuit Court Family Division is to make decisions concerning families and provide quality services to families in a fair, timely, and dignified manner.