Friend of the Court

          Pursuant to Michigan law, the chief circuit judge annually reviews the performance record of the Friend of the Court.  The review will be conducted on or about July 1, 2022.  This review is limited by law to the following criteria:  whether the Friend of the Court is guilty of misconduct, neglect of statutory duty, or failure to carry out the written orders of the court relative to a statutory duty; whether the purposes of the Friend of the Court Act are being met; and whether the duties of the Friend of the Court are being carried out in a manner that reflects the needs of the community.  Members of the public may submit written comments to the chief judge relating to these criteria.  Send your written comments, with your name and address, to Hon. Roy C. Hayes III, 33rd Circuit Court, County Building, 301 State Street, Charlevoix, MI  49720. 

:  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

To make a payment with Friend of the Court Office, call 231-547-7205 Ext 7.
You can access information regarding your child support account balance and recent payments 24 hours per day by calling (877) 543-2660

Way2Go Card 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 Kristen Herriman at 231-547-7205 ext. 6 or
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 (
Court Documents:


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.