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Friend of the Court

Michigan Divorce Attorney

Troy Lawyers Acting in Friend of the Court Proceedings

Family law issues can arise at a moment's notice during or after a divorce, not always following the schedule established by the court. When a problem presents itself, you cannot afford to wait. For your family’s best interests and for your own peace of mind, you need the issue resolved quickly, efficiently and effectively.

Because the Michigan family court dockets are so busy, the law has established a system letting the "friend of the court" be the first level of contact when problems arise. In some instances, these friends of the court personnel may be able to prevent the need for a judge’s involvement altogether.

Are you seeking a quick and constructive resolution to a family law issue? Come to the Law Offices of Ronald M. Bookholder. Call us toll-free at 877-502-7892 or send us an e-mail to schedule an appointment.

Lending a Helping Hand to Your Family

A friend of the court works with families to resolve a wide range of divorce and family law issues including child support and parenting time. These friends of the court can include experts such as:

  • Mediators
  • Referees
  • Family counselors/mental health professionals
  • Support specialists

There is a requirement in Michigan that when children are involved, families are required to see the friend of the court before bringing their custody or support issues to a judge. This is similar to rules in other states that require divorce mediation prior to litigation when there are children of the marriage. A friend of the court, counselor and/or referee is often able to broker a solution, avoiding the need to go through the complex court process. If the issues arise after the divorce is settled, friends of the court can also handle enforcement of child support, custody and parenting time orders. As part of the friend of the court system, parents may be required to attend programs such as SMILE (“start making it livable for everyone”).

How We Can Help You

The attorneys of the Law Offices of Ronald M. Bookholder can stay by your side throughout this process to ensure that any agreement or order represents your best interest. For example, we could make a court filing objecting to the recommendations made by your family counselor.

We look forward to helping you find a constructive resolution to your divorce and family law issues. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with an experienced divorce attorney. Feel free to send us an e-mail or call us toll-free at 877-502-7892.

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1111 West Long Lake Rd.
Suite 202
Troy, Michigan 48098
TF. 877-502-7892
P. 248-686-1659
F. 248-641-0109
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