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Friend of the Court

Friend of the Court

Houghton, Baraga, Keweenaw Counties
401 E Houghton
Houghton, MI 49931



Brenda Cadwell,
Friend of the Court

Toni Cleary,
Assistant Friend of the Court

Melissa Schwenn,
Enforcement Office

Philip Foltz,

Hannah Dittmar,
Accounts Processor







Houghton County office:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Baraga County office:
One day per week, with appointments made by calling the above number.

Keweenaw County:
no physical office, appointments are made by calling the Houghton County office at the above number.


The Friend of the Court office deals with families and children who are involved in a civil action.

Services provided are as follows:

  • Enforcement of Custody, Parenting Time & Child Support Orders
  • Mediation
  • Child Support Reviews
  • Conciliation
  • SMILE Program
  • Supervised Visitation Program

This list may not be all-inclusive; any questions can be directed to the  above number.

Child support payments are received and receipted by the Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MISDU) in Lansing. A check is then mailed to the payee or funds are electronically transferred to a payee's bank account by MISDU.

To check on child support payments you may call 1-877-543-2660. When  calling this number for the first time you will need to set up a PIN number. You should have your social security number and court docket number available for the first time call. Please have a four digit number  in mind for the PIN number you will be setting up. If you have set a PIN number in the past and have forgotten it, please call our office and we can send you the form to set up a new number.

Our goal is to get child support for children and to get both parents involved in their children's life.


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Houghton County Courthouse
401 East Houghton Avenue
Houghton, MI 49931


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