Friend of the Court

Posted on June 19th, 2018

1. An office of the family division; investigates and makes recommendations to the court in domestic relations actions involving minor children; enforces orders of the court; collects, records and disburses support payments.

2. A person; the director of the office.

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FIP

Posted on June 19th, 2018

Financial Independence Program. Michigan’s name for the program which replaced Aid to Families with Dependant Children (AFDC or ADC). The federal government equivalent is now called Temporary Assistance to Needy Families.

Filing

Posted on June 19th, 2018

The act of recording the various legal documents regarding a suit with the clerk of the court.

File

Posted on June 19th, 2018

To put in the records of the court.

FIA

Posted on June 19th, 2018

An abbreviation for the Family Independence Agency.

Felony

Posted on June 19th, 2018

A crime punishable by more one year in state prison. Examples of felonies include homicide, kidnapping, criminal sexual conduct, and armed robbery.

Fees

Posted on June 19th, 2018

A charged fixed by law for services.

Family Independence Agency

Posted on June 19th, 2018

The agency providing public assistance to families. Includes the Office of Child Support. Formerly known as the Michigan Department of Social Services.

Family Division

Posted on June 19th, 2018

The division of the circuit court responsible for hearing cases about families and their children. The family division hears domestic relations matters, as well as juvenile matters formerly heard by the probate court.

Fair Consideration

Posted on June 19th, 2018

A payment which represents the value of the property or service transferred.

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