The Family Division of the Circuit Court was created by Public Act 388 in 1996. On January 1, 1998, the Friend of the Court became a unit in the Family Division of the Circuit Court. The Friend of the Court provides services to parties with minor children involving divorce, family support, interstate and paternity cases. Friend of the Court is responsible for investigating and making recommendations in regards to child custody, support and parenting time (when ordered by the judge) in contested cases. Once the Court enters an order pertaining to those issues, the Friend of the Court assists in enforcing the Court’s written orders.
The Friend of the Court:
- Secures financial information for support recommendations
- Conducts investigations for custody and parenting time recommendations;
- Strives to settle disputes without Court intervention
- Schedules cases for Courts
- Holds referee hearings and mediation sessions
- Finds absent parents
- Arrests and arraigns persons when bench warrants are issued for failure to appear at enforcement hearings
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