Chief Judge of the Livingston County Probate Court
Trial / Evidentiary Hearings: Mondays / Tuesdays / Wednesday Mornings
Motion Days: Wednesdays – Probate Matters
  Thursdays – Adoptions; Child Protection; Criminal and Domestic Matters
Pretrial / Final Settlement Conferences: Fridays
Motion Practice:

All motions must be filed in the corresponding Court Clerk’s Office (Circuit, Juvenile, or Probate.) Judge’s copies must be delivered or emailed to Judge Cavanaugh’s Research Attorney at

Evidentiary hearings will be conducted in-person unless otherwise approved by the Court. Requests to appear by Zoom shall be directed to court staff per the Michigan Court Rules. Zoom instructions, if applicable, shall be provided to parties in advance of the hearing.

Adjournments and/or dismissal of motions must be made by the moving party. Any other adjournments must come through a motion or stipulation and order, and must be approved by the Judge.

About Judge Cavanaugh

Judge Cavanaugh presides over all probate cases and the following portions of the Livingston County Circuit Court docket: 28% of all domestic relations cases involving children and the related personal protection orders; 50% of the Friend of the Court contempt proceedings; 100% of adoption matters; and 100% of the child protection cases and the related criminal matters.

Judge Cavanaugh was elected to the bench in 2012 and re-elected in 2018 to a second 6 year term as Probate Court Judge. From 2018-2019, she served as Chief Judge of the 44th Circuit, 53rd Circuit and Livingston County Probate Courts.

Judge Cavanaugh graduated Summa Cum Laude from University of Detroit Mercy in 1997 and earned a J.D. from U of D Mercy Magna Cum Laude in 2000.

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Monday – Friday
8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closed County Holidays

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Howell, MI 48843