Family Division

Effective March 24, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. through April 10, 2020 5:00 p.m., the Sixth Circuit Court - Family Division is only hearing essential emergency matters to protect the health and safety of the public.
During the COVID-19 Emergency Petitions for Personal Protection Orders are to be emailed to PPO@oakgov.comGo to Michigan Legal Help to Complete PPO Petition. In addition include your Verified Statement and if you have a child with the respondant the Parenting Time Worksheet.
All forms MUST be signed by petitioner. For information on signing a petition saved as a PDF visit Adobe .

Order, or PPO, is an order issued by the Circuit Court. It may protect you from being hit, threatened, harassed or stalked by another person. The PPO may also stop someone from coming into your home or bothering you at work. It can stop them from buying a firearm or finding your address through school records. It can also stop them from taking your minor children unless required by the court. If you are looking to Modify, Extend, or Terminate a Personal Protection Order, use this form: Motion to Modify, Extend, or Terminate Personal Protection Order

The type of PPO is determined by how you know the other person and not the behavior. Please review the following to determine which PPO is appropriate.

The Family Divisionof 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 2020-02J 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 Circuit Judges. The division handles matters involving:

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.

COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Family Court Policy

Petitions for Personal Protection Orders are to be emailed to PPO@oakgov.comClick [HERE] for a do-it-yourself PPO walkthrough.

Petitions for Emergency Custody or Parenting Time Orders are to be emailed to clerklegal@oakgov.com

Additional Emergency Contact Numbers:

  • PPO - 248-464-2907
  • Friend of the Court - 248-466-2728
  • Custody/Parenting Time - 248-466-4863
  • Juvenile (delinquency/abuse neglect)- 248-766-7533

Are you a victim of domestic violence?

Anyone with access to your computer may be able to tell what web sites you have visited. It may be safer to use the internet at a public place such as a local library. Call the National Domestic Violence Hotline at 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) for assistance finding local resource contact information.