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The Friend of the Court (FOC) Interactive Voice Response (IVR) system is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and provides information regarding payments, enforcement, payment coupons, direct deposit, scheduled hearings, office hours and location. The IVR provides step-by-step instructions or allows experienced users to move quickly through the system.  

To access case specific information, it is necessary to enter your social security number. The first time you access the system you will be asked to establish a PIN number. You will need to use that PIN number each time you request payment information. 

Payments are received and disbursed by the Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU).  You may be connected with a MiSDU operator by selecting option number 4 (within the FOC IVR) after you have selected your choice of language (English or Spanish). Please contact the MiSDU for payment related questions.


Contacting the Friend of the Court Office

Telephone messages are not always included in the Friend of the Court record. Submitting information in writing ensures your correspondence will be made a part of your case record.


Direct Phone Line

The direct telephone numbers of the FOC staff assigned to your case are available online. You may also pick up a listing at the office or request one by mail. E-mail is not permitted due to confidentiality rules.


Switchboard

An automated attendant will answer your call 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  An operator is available to assist you between the hours of 8:00am and 5:00pm, Monday - Friday.

Given the volume of telephone calls and complexity of some issues, operators will answer basic questions. For detailed case related questions, operators will forward your call to the appropriate staff member.

Referee Locations for motion call on wednesdays at the courthouse.


What you should know

State law requires that all payments must be distributed electronically. Payees should sign up for direct deposit if they do not wish to be sent a child support debit card. Understand that information you provide by telephone is not documented in your case file. FOC staff may take up to two business days to return telephone calls. FOC records are confidential. However, Michigan Court Rules give the other party access to your correspondence with our office. Walk-ins are seen only on a limited basis. You should not expect to be seen at the FOC office without an appointment. You may be asked to sign a Request for IV-D services which will allow the FOC to provide services described in the overview of FOC services. You may opt out of FOC services if you file a motion and the court approves your request. The court cannot approve your request if one party on your case receives public assistance, if arrears have existed on the case or if a parenting time violation has occurred in the past twelve months, or if there is evidence of domestic violence or unequal bargaining positions on your case or if the request is not considered to be in the best interests of your child(ren).


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