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 Genesee County Family Court
Consists of 5 Family Court Judges:

Duncan M. Beagle

F. Kay Behm

    David J. Newblatt

      Michael J. Theile

John A. Gadola


Genesee County Friend of the Court Professional Staff is comprised of the following:


Caseworkers:The Friend of the Court currently has ten child support enforcement caseworkers.  Two caseworkers are assigned to each of the five Family Court Judges.  Cases are distributed by an alphabetical split (A-K and L-Z) based on the man's last name.The enforcement caseworkers are responsible for enforcement of approximately 56,000 Genesee County domestic relation cases.  Responsibilities include collection of support, show cause hearings, activities to locate parties and employers, and preparation of orders and other court documents. 

Enforcement Paralegals:Each Family Court Judge is also assigned one enforcement paralegal.  The paralegals assist the caseworkers in the enforcement of child support and medical orders, respond to client concerns and inquiries, and are responsible for intergovernmental cases in which one of the parties resides outside the State of Michigan.

Modification Paralegals:The Modification Paralegals review child support orders eligible for a review once every 36 months if the child or the custodial parent is receiving public assistance. In other cases, the FOC will conduct a review on written request by a party, but not more often than once every 36 months, unless the party proves a substantial change in circumstances. A party who needs an immediate change in the support amount should file a court motion requesting the change. Merely notifying the FOC that one parent’s financial situation has changed cannot automatically change the ordered support amount. Referrals for a child support review can also be submitted by the Department of Human Services or requested internally by our enforcement personnel.