Custody

Posted on June 15th, 2018

Care and keeping of anything or anyone, i.e., children in a domestic relations action.

Counsel

Posted on June 15th, 2018

An attorney.

Contempt of Court Hearing

Posted on June 15th, 2018

Also known as a “show cause” hearing. A court hearing in which the person alleged to be in violation of the court order has the opportunity to show good cause why (s)he did not comply.

Conciliation

Posted on June 15th, 2018

A method of alternative Dispute Resolution utilized by many Friend of the Court offices. The conciliator attempts to assist parties in resolving disputes, but may prepare a recommendation if the parties are not able to reach agreement on issues. See Mediation.

Complaint

Posted on June 15th, 2018

The original pleading in a domestic relations matter. In this pleading, the plaintiff alleges the basis for the suit and states the remedy requested.

Commit

Posted on June 15th, 2018

The act of sending a person to jail, pursuant to a court order.

Circuit Division

Posted on June 15th, 2018

The trial court in Michigan which hears many types of cases. Domestic relations actions are tried in the family division of this court.

Child Support Formula

Posted on June 15th, 2018

Factors considered by the Friend of the Court and the Prosecuting Attorney when making a recommendation, and by the Family Division when making a determination for an appropriate amount of child support. Both parents’ incomes are considered under the formula.

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Child Support

Posted on June 15th, 2018

Payment of money for a child in a divorce, paternity, or family support act proceeding. Support includes health care, and may include educational and child care expenses.

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