Friend of the Court

You can visit the MiChildSupport website, call our Office at (877) 543-2660, or email us at for assistance. Please leave your name, phone number, and case number, and someone will contact you within 48 business hours.

Online Payments

Parenting Time Guidelines

FOC Forms

The Livingston County Friend of the Court (FOC) is dedicated to preserving the best interests of children in a respectful manner within the Statutes and Court Rules, as defined by the Michigan Legislature and the Michigan Supreme Court. The duties of the FOC office include conducting investigations and making recommendations to the Court regarding child custody, parenting time, child support, and domicile matters. In cooperation with the Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU,) the FOC collects, records, and distributes support payments as ordered by the Court.

How to Make Payments


Pay online at


Call us at (877) 543-2660


Michigan SDU*
P.O. Box 30351
Lansing, MI 48909-7851

* Mail money order or check. Please record your docket number on a check. You can also enclose a payment coupon with your check.

Proposed Judgments & Orders Approval

All proposed domestic orders, including Judgments of Divorce, Custody, Child Support, Spousal Support and miscellaneous orders related to Custody, Paternity, Parenting Time or Child Support must be filed with the Livingston County Circuit Court Clerk’s Office. Proposed orders should not be submitted directly, either in-person or via email, to the Friend of the Court. Once receipted by the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, the proposed order will be sent to the Friend of the Court Office for review and approval pursuant to the requirements of MCR 3.211.

After approval by the Friend of the Court Office, the proposed order will be returned to the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office, to be uploaded into the Court’s electronic management system for the assigned Judge’s signature.

If a proposed order is not approved by the Friend of the Court, it will be returned via regular mail to the attorneys of record or the parties, if not represented by counsel. A revision sheet will be included with instructions on how to correct the document. Upon correction, the revised proposed order should be filed with the Circuit Court Clerk’s Office.

Note: The Friend of the Court approves proposed Orders and Judgments as to form only, not content.

Our Mission

The Livingston County Friend of the Court is committed to delivering exceptional public service to the citizens of Livingston County. We recognize that the families we serve are good people often experiencing turmoil in their lives. It is our goal to deliver services to our clients in a timely, compassionate and professional manner, while focusing on the best interest of the child.

Friend of the Court
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Honorable Matthew J. McGivney
Chief Judge

Melissa Scharrer
Friend of the Court


(877) 543-2660


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

Law Center

210 S Highlander Way
Howell, MI 48843


(517) 552-2312