Friend of the Court

NOTICE: Masks must be worn inside the courtrooms regardless of your vaccination status. 

:  The Charlevoix County Friend of the Court Office is open from Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. Telephone hours are 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m.  

HEARINGS:  Parties can attend hearings in person, or by remote access (Zoom). Please click here for Zoom instructions. If appearing by Zoom, please fill out the information here and return to the Friend of the Court via mail, in person, fax, or email. If appearing for an Evidentiary Hearing, parties must appear in person.

CHILD SUPPORTYou can register to obtain information regarding your child support case online 24 hours per day at 
Each case is assigned to a Support Caseworker on an alphabetical basis based on the father's last name. The cases are assigned as follows:

Letters A - G: Jill VanWerden 
Letters H - O: Karin Bingham
Letters P - Z: Theresa Ingalls

You can access information regarding your child support account balance and recent payments 24 hours per day by calling (877) 543-2660

Way2Go Information

PARENTING TIME: The Parenting Time Caseworker is Melissa Seger, Joint meetings are available upon request of both parties to assist with resolving parenting time issues.

The S.M.I.L.E. program will be presented via the S.M.I.L.E. video on MiChildSupport (  The link is at the left-hand side.  When you have watched the video please request that confirmation of your participation is e-mailed to

You also have the option of participating in an on-line parenting program (2 hour minimum) at your own expense (approximately $35.00) at

MORE INFORMATION is available:

For interstate questions or concerns please contact Sherry Hunt at
For court dates, hearings, and motions please contact Taylor Edmonds at
For general information/updates please contact Cindy Carpenter at or Taylor Edmonds at

Charlevoix County website:
Michigan Legal Help:
MiChild Support (


Office Hours and Contact Information:

Monday - Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
Phone hours:
Monday-Friday 8:30am-4:30pm
Phone: 231-547-7205
Fax: 231-547-7261

Office Location:
Charlevoix County Building
Second Floor
301 State St.
Charlevoix, MI 49720

Mailing Address:
Charlevoix County Friend of the Court
301 State Street
Charlevoix, MI 49720

What We Do:
The family division of the circuit court decides divorce, paternity, custody, and support matters. The Friend of the Court is part of the circuit court and is supervised by the chief judge. The Friend of the Court helps the court administer with these types of cases.