Case Management and Enforcement

Child Support Case Management and Enforcement

Each case is assigned to a Support Caseworker on an alphabetical basis based on the payer's last name. The cases are assigned as follows:

Letters A - G: Brittany Stuhr
Letters H - O: Karin Bingham
Letters P - Z: Theresa Ingalls

The caseworkers are responsible for enforcement of child support and medical support as well as the review of support orders. Action for enforcement can begin by request of either party or automatically through the Michigan Child Support Enforcement System (MiCSES). Caseworkers present matters scheduled for enforcement before a Judge or Referee at an enforcement or "show cause" hearing. The Friend of the Court does not directly represent either party in such a hearing. The caseworker may meet with the parties prior to the hearing to gather information and/or to resolve the non-compliance. The caseworker presents information from the Friend of the Court records and may make a recommendation at the hearing. The Judge or Referee will make the actual decision as to the disposition of the case. Case information can only be given to parties and attorneys of record. Information can not be given to a third party on your behalf. Friend of the Court staff is prohibited from discussing your case with non-parties. Much of the information provided to the Friend of the Court is confidential and must be handled as such.

FRIEND OF THE COURT STAFF CAN NOT GIVE LEGAL ADVICE. If you need legal advice you should consult a private attorney.

Case investigators can be reached Monday through Friday by phone from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. You can also contact your caseworker in writing or by scheduling an appointment.

Custody and Parenting Time Enforcement

Melissa Seger is the Custody and Parenting Time caseworker for the Charlevoix County Friend of the Court. She is responsible for the enforcement of custody and parenting time orders as well as meeting with new clients for initial interviews and mediation. She is available from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday thru Friday. The enforcement of parenting time is through written complaint made by one of the parties involved. Only arrangements set forth in the court order are enforceable. Arrangements outside of the court order, such as written or verbal agreements between the parties are not enforceable through the Friend of the Court. Additionally, the office cannot take action on parent/child issues such as haircuts, curfews, extra curricular activities, etc., unless specifically set forth in the court order. Caseworkers present matters scheduled for enforcement before a Judge or Referee at an enforcement or "show cause" hearing. The Friend of the Court does not directly represent either party in such a hearing. The caseworker may meet with the parties prior to the hearing to gather information and/or to resolve the non-compliance. The caseworker presents information from the Friend of the Court records and may make a recommendation at the hearing. The Judge or Referee will make the actual decision as to the disposition of the case.