Friend of the Court in Michigan
In Michigan family law cases, the Friend of the Court (FOC) plays a crucial role. The duties of the FOC include conducting investigations and making reports and recommendation concerning custody, parenting time, spousal and child support. The FOC will offer mediation when both parents agree to the process and another way of settling disagreements about custody and parenting time. The Friend of the Court in Michigan may provide enforcement services for custody, parenting time and support orders.
The FOC is also a great resource if you don’t have an attorney. This is a great resource because it provides participants with important forms, motions, responses, orders and certain legal assistance. With that said, using the Friend of the Court in Michigan is no substitute for professional legal advice from an experienced family law attorney.
In a Michigan family law cases, the parties may opt out of use of the Friend of the Court or may decide to close a case file that is already open with the FOC already involved in the process. If the parties opt out of use, then the parties are then fully responsible for the administration and enforcement of Michigan family court orders.