Friend of the Court

Child & Medical
Custody &
Interstate &
Parenting Time

A "support order" in the form of a Uniform Support Order (USO) is any court order that requires a party to pay:

  • Child support
  • Spousal support (formerly called "alimony")
  • Medical, dental, and other health care expenses for the child(ren)
  • Confinement/birthing expenses
  • Child care expenses

All support orders state an amount that is due on the first day of each month. Support is past due if not paid by the last day of the month. When an order takes effect on a day other than the first day of a month, the support amount must be prorated for the partial month. Unless an order gives a specific end date, support will end on the last day of the month specified by the order. The last month of support will not be prorated to a certain date.

Medical support obligations consist of health care insurance coverage, ordinary and extraordinary medical expenses.

Medical Support Forms:

A custody order establishes where a child will live, and how the parents will divide parenting time. Custody orders can be entered by an agreement of the parties. If there is no agreement, one or both parents may file a custody motion with the court.

For more information please review the Friend of the Court Bureau custody handbook.

Mediation provides parents with the opportunity to communicate, with the assistance of a neutral third party, to resolve any disputes regarding custody or parenting time.

There is typically no cost when the FOC provides mediation. Participation in mediation of custody or parenting time is voluntary; both parents must be willing to participate.

If an agreement is reached during mediation, a stipulation or consent order can be prepared that reflects the agreement of the parents.

Child support orders remain in effect regardless of where you live, unless changed by a Court Order. 

If either party leaves Michigan, it does not mean that the support obligation ends. If support payments are not timely, or stop altogether, there are enforcement laws between each state that assure payments will be made. 

Interstate action is for child support only. It does not cover parenting time and custody issues.

Additional Printable Forms:

A parenting-time order specifies when a child will spend time with each parent. An order that grants "reasonable" parenting time assumes that you and the other parent will agree to a parenting-time schedule that is convenient to both of you and to the child. If you and the other parent cannot agree on a "reasonable parenting time" schedule, then the Midland County Co-Parenting Plan may be incorporated into your order which states the parenting time for each parent.

View Parenting Plans in the FAQ section

Main Office (989) 832-6801  

Fax (989) 832-6392

Support Enforcement

Angela Lewis (Case Name A-K) (989) 832-6805  

Deb Finney (Case Name L-Z) (989) 832-6817    

Family Evaluators

Deborah Boge ​(989) 832-6811              

Megan Rogers (989) 832-6814     

Taylor Whitehead (989) 832-6385  

Interstate Support/Medical Support

Rhonda Sequin (989) 832-6816              

Office Manager

Sarah M. Whitmer (989) 832-6809   


Jessica Beyer

Jessica Beyer, Director

220 W Ellsworth Street, 4th Floor

Midland, MI 48640-5194

Phone: (989) 832-6801

Fax: (989) 832-6392

Hours: Mon-Fri (8 am - 5 pm)

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