Friend of the Court

Emmet County Friend of the Court
200 Division Street, Suite G34
Petoskey MI 49770

Hours of Operation: 
8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Phone (231) 348-1717
Fax (231) 348-0611

The office is closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day, Good Friday afternoon, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, Day after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, and Christmas Day.

The Friend of the Court is the collection, enforcement, and investigative arm of the Circuit Court for domestic relations cases. To obtain a domestic relations order, the issue must be brought before the Court through formal legal action. This is accomplished through private attorneys, by action of one of the parties, or sometimes through the prosecuting attorney. The Friend of the Court does not become involved until an action has been filed with the Court.

Friend of the Court Maurine Watts
Deputy Friend of the Court Mary Ellen Emery
Administrative Assistant Sarah Weaver
Case Investigator Jan Carpentier
Case Investigator Sheri Fels
Case Investigator Kendal Taylor
Financial Officer Karen Bishop
Financial Officer Kim Larson


Please note: Additional Friend of the Court forms are available under the Case Management and Financial Division pages. These include Circuit Court Parenting Time policies and forms for requesting health-care reimbursements, medical vouchers and debit-card and direct-deposit authorizations.

State Court Administrative Office Approved Court Forms
Within this directory, forms will be categorized by general types of cases.

Downloadable forms from the State of Michigan:

Friend of the Court Case Questionnaire

Change in Personal Information

Employer's Disclosure of Income and Health Insurance Information

Child-Care Verification

Intro Page for Title IV-D - MUST READ

Title IV-D Child Support Services Application/Referral

Message form for caseworker contact