Alpena County Courthouse

26th Judicial Circuit Friend of the Court
719 W. Chisholm Street Suite 1
Alpena, MI 49707
P: 989.354.9710 F: 989.354.9787

Montmorency County
P.O. Box 479
Atlanta, MI 49709
P: 989.785.8053 or 989.785.8063


Hours of operation: Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm, closed on County Holidays.

24 hr Information Line: 1.877.KID.2660


The 26th Judicial Circuit Friend of the Court is a multi-county office that services Alpena and Montmorency counties. The Friend of the Court is the collection, enforcement and investigative arm of the Circuit Court in the area of domestic relations. The action by the office is controlled by the court order. Orders are issued by the court after the Judge has made a determination and a written document is signed and then filed with the County Clerk. To obtain an order from the Court, the issue has to be brought before the Court through formal legal action. This is accomplished through private attorneys, sometimes the Prosecuting Attorney or by action of one of the parents. The Friend of the Court does not become involved until an action is filed with the Court. Duties of the Friend of the Court are defined by Michigan Law.


Custody and Parenting Time Forms

Motion Regarding Custody – Use this form if you wish to seek modification of custody
Response to Motion Regarding Custody – Use this form if you wish to respond to a motion to change custody
Motion Regarding Parenting Time-Use this form if you wish to seek modification of any parenting time provision of your order
Response to Motion Regarding Parenting Time-Use this form if you wish to respond to a motion to change parenting time
Complaint for Alleged Denial Parenting Time– Use this form is you wish to make a complaint about the alleged denial of parenting time. Please make sure you have read the information under the Enforcement of Parenting Time


Child Support Forms

Motion to Change Support Order – use this guide if you would like to seek modification of your support obligation
Response to Motion to Change Support – Use this form if you are responding to a motion for modification
Motion to Rescind License Suspension and Notice of Hearing form 1 
Motion to Rescind License Suspension and Notice of Hearing form 2 – Use these forms if you would like to schedule a hearing to ask the court to reinstate a license suspended because of support arranges


Opting-out of Friend of the Court Services

Advise of Rights Form-Read this form for information regarding opting-out of Friend of the Court services. Both parties must sign this form and return it to the Friend of the Court. Your file must satisfy all the listed criteria. Before parents can opt-out they must file a motion, schedule it for hearing and obtain an order from the Court. If you have questions on how to proceed you will need to consult an attorney as the Friend of the Court cannot give legal advice.
Motion– Use this forms it you wish to opt-out. Attach a copy of the Advise of Rights Form for the Court
Order– Use this form it the Court approves a request to opt-out Uninsured Health Care Expenses
Request for Health Care Expense Payment-Use this form to request payment from the other parent for reimbursement of uninsured medical expenses. Please make sure you have read the information under Enforcement of Health Care.
Complaint for Enforcement of Health Care Expenses-Use this form when requesting Friend of the Court assistance seeking reimbursement of uninsured health care expense. Please make sure you have read the information under Enforcement of Health Care.


Public Interests

Understanding Child Support – A Handbook for Parents 
Address Change 
Enforcement of Support 
Enforcement of Parenting Time 
Enforcement of Health Care 
Family Support and Paternity Case 
Frequently Asked Questions
Domestic Relations Form
Motion to Rescind License, Suspension, & Notice of Hearing
Parenting Time Standard Guidelines
Show Cause Hearing
Support Payment Information


Related Links

Access to MICase
Access to MiSDU
Earned Income Tax Credit
Friend of the Court Bureau
Michigan Department of Health and Human Services
Michigan Poverty Law Program (MPLP)
Mentor Michigan
Protect MiChild
Understanding Child Support: A Handbook for Parents


Disclaimer: This website is periodically reviewed and updated to include information to help answer the most common questions about the 26th Judicial Circuit Friend of the Court. It is not an exhaustive list of all policies, procedures or domestic relation laws. To ensure that you are fully informed it is always advisable that you either research your issue or that you consult with an attorney. As for the materials and information made available throughout this website the 26th Judicial Circuit Friend of the Court is not responsible for their accuracy, adequacy or completeness or the results obtained by using them.