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Adminstrative Services

What does the Administrative Services department do?

What departments are within Administrative Services?

Where is Administrative Services located?

Where can I locate a bid opportunity?

How can I become a vendor for the County?

Board of Commissioners

How can I contact a Board member?

When are the Board meetings?

Where can I find County census and statistic information?

Who is the chair of the Board?

Clerk & Register of Deeds

Where can I get a DBA license?

County Statistic Information

Where can I find Calhoun County census and statistic information?

Community Services

Where can I locate a doctor?

How can I contact the Department of Human Services?

Where can I find County census and statistic information?

Employment

Where can I find County census and statistic information?

Friend of the Court

Why do I have a Bench Warrant? - Bench Warrant FAQ Sheet

How are my Payments Distributed? - Child Support Payment FAQ Sheet

Why can't the FOC tell me if I'm going to receive tax money? - Tax Offset FAQ

What is Ordinary Medical Expense? - Medical FAQs

How do I change my Custody Order - Custody FAQ Sheet

I received an income withholding notice from the Friend of the Court for someone who subcontracts for me or my company. I do not take any withholdings and only issue a 1099 to them. Do I have to honor this income withholding notice because I am not their 'employer'?

What happens to my support if the payer moves to another state? - Interstate FAQ Sheet

The other party is not allowing parenting time like it says in the order. What can I do? - Parenting Time FAQ

I received an income withholding order and the amount collected on arrears is too high. What can I do? - Objection FAQ

HOW CAN I MAKE A PAYMENT AT THE FOC? - Payment & Accounting FAQ

HOW CAN MY SUPPORT BE MODIFIED? - Support Modification FAQ

Health Department

Who is the head of the Health Department?

What is the number for the Albion Health Department

Where is the Health Department located?

What are the hours of operation for the Health Department?

What day is the Health Department open in Marshall?

What does the Health Department in Marshall do?

Which dentists accept Medicaid?

Does the Health Dept. offer Dental Services?

Who do I contact with Environmental Health questions?

How do I report an unsanitary restaurant or public rest room?

Who do I contact to get assistance with glasses, teeth pulled, prescriptions?

Who can provide immunization & flu shot information?

What immunizations are required for foreign travel?

Where do I get more information on health care for indigent persons?

Who do I contact to obtain a PERK test?

Who do I contact to obtain a permit for a well or septic system?

Who do I contact to obtain a restaurant license?

Who do I contact about ticks or dead birds?

Who can assist me with water well questions?

Where & how do I sign up for WIC?

Where/who do I call if I don't have insurance and need to see a physician?

Is the Health Department Clinic different than Community HealthCare Connections?

Is the Nursing Clinic different than Community HealthCare Connections?

Will the Health Clinic see me for a urinary tract infection?

Are the Health Clinic Services free?

What type of STDs do you test for? How long before I get my results? How much does it cost?

Are Prenancy Tests Free?

Are TB Tests Free?

Who do I contact about Hearing and Vision questions?

Why should I get the flu shot?

Does the Health Department offer birth control?

When do you offer STD Testing?

When do you offer Pregnancy Testing?

When do you offer TB Testing?

When do you provide Immunizations?

How can I be protected from a tornado or other natural disaster?

How do I find more information on the Enbridge Oil Spill?

Health Department - HIV/AIDS

What is HIV/AIDS?

What are the symptoms?

Can the HIV virus be spread through saliva?

Can I get HIV from a toilet seat?

If I am HIV positive and breastfeeding, can I give my baby HIV?

How can I protect myself from getting HIV?

How many people are infected with the HIV virus?

Is HIV/AIDS treatable?

If I decide to be tested, how much will it cost and do you need to know my name?

If I find out that I am HIV infected, do I have to tell my employer, family, or school of my HIV status?

Can I tell other people if I know about someone else's HIV status?

Health Department - STD

What are STD's?

What are the most common STD's and what are their symptoms?

How soon after exposure can I be tested for STD's and at what point can they be detected?

Are STD's treatable?

What can I do to protect myself against sexually transmitted diseases?

Can pregnant women become infected with STD's?

Where can I get tested?

What are the latest CDC STD Guidelines?

Human Resources

How do I apply for a job with Calhoun County

Where do I find out what jobs are available

Are there any tests required before employment?

Do you keep applications and resumes on file?

Will I receive confirmation that my application has been received and forwarded to the hiring department?

What general employment benefits does Calhoun County offer?

Senior Millage

When was the senior millage passed?

Why was the senior milllage passed?

Who decides where the money goes?

Are the millage dollars being used in place of other dollars?

What vendors are involved and what services are provided?

How are vendors held accountable?

How do I know I am eligible for services?

Who do I call if I have more questions or would like additional information?

Water Resources Commissioner

What is a county drain?

When do I call the Water Resources Commissioner's Office?

What is a Water Resources Commissioner?

Who do I call for a pond permit?

Witness Unit

Why am I a witness? I didn't see the crime occur.

What if someone threatens me?

What if the defense attorney contacts me?

Do I have to testify in front of the defendant?

Who will be with me in court?

How long will I be in court?

How many times will I have to appear in court?

What if my employer won't let me come to court?

How do I contact the Witness and/or Victim Unit?

Can I get witness fees whether or not I attend on the date(s) stated in the subpoena? What if I can't attend on the date stated in the subpoena?

How do I know if my case has been "called off"?

I was subpoenaed by the defendant, not the prosecutor. Does this change anything?

What if I need an interpreter?

WIC

If someone is working, can they apply for WIC?

Can someone be on WIC and food stamps at the same time?

If someone is no longer eligible for food stamps, are they eligible for WIC?

Can someone be on both WIC and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)?

Do I need a scheduled appointment to enroll in WIC?

Do I have to come into the WIC Office to complete my nutrition education between enrollment periods?

Questions And Answers

Adminstrative Services

What does the Administrative Services department do?

The objective of the Administrative Services department is to centralize the administrative responsibilities of the various services into one area, thereby allowing the supported activities to focus on the actual delivery of valued and essential departmental services.

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What departments are within Administrative Services?

Purchasing Department, Information Technology Department, Facilities Department, Mail, Phone, Copier Services Department.

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Where is Administrative Services located?

The Administrative Services Department is located on the third floor of the Calhoun County Building; 315 W. Green Street, Marshall, MI 49068.

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Where can I locate a bid opportunity?

Please view the Bid Opportunities page for a current lisitng.

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How can I become a vendor for the County?

You must register as a vendor on this website.  If you can not register ont he website, please contact the Purchasing Department.

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Board of Commissioners

How can I contact a Board member?

Please view the Board of Commissioners page for contact information.

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When are the Board meetings?

Meetings generally fall ont he first and third Thursday of each month.  Please veiw the Meeting Schedule page for detailed information.

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Where can I find County census and statistic information?

Listed below are links to websites where you can search census and data information regarding Calhoun County and other areas of the United States.
 

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Who is the chair of the Board?

Commissioner Art Kale of District 7 is the chair of the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners.

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Clerk & Register of Deeds

Where can I get a DBA license?

Please contact the office of the Calhoun County Clerk for detailed information regarding a "Doing Business As" license.  This link may also be helpful in your search.

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County Statistic Information

Where can I find Calhoun County census and statistic information?

Listed below are links to websites where you can search census and data information regarding Calhoun County and other areas of the United States.
 
Census Quick Facts
FedStats
BEA Personal Income Data
Census: State & Local Government
Census of Agriculture
County Health Rankings

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Community Services

Where can I locate a doctor?

Clickhere to search for a doctor in Calhoun County and the surrounding area.

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How can I contact the Department of Human Services?

The local Department of Human Services is located in the George W. Toeller building at 190 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek, MI 49014.  You can view the Department of Human Services website by clicking here

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Where can I find County census and statistic information?

Listed below are links to websites where you can search census and data information regarding Calhoun County and other areas of the United States.
 

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Employment

Where can I find County census and statistic information?

Listed below are links to websites where you can search census and data information regarding Calhoun County and other areas of the United States.
 

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Friend of the Court

Why do I have a Bench Warrant? - Bench Warrant FAQ Sheet

BENCH WARRANT FAQ SHEET
WHY DO I HAVE A BENCH WARRANT?
 
A warrant was probably issued because you failed to appear as ordered at a contempt proceeding.  A warrant may also issue if you did not comply with an Order from your last contempt procedding and that order required a warrant to be issued for your failure to comply.
 
CAN THE HEARING I MISSED BE RESCHEDULED?
 
No. The hearing cannot be rescheduled; you must contact the Friend of the Court to resolve the bench warrant.
 
HOW CAN I RESOLVE MY BENCH WARRANT?
1. Contact the Friend of the Court Bench Warrant Division or any local law enforcement agency to post the full bond amount.
 
2. Contact the Friend of the Court to request to have bond modified before arrest.
 
3. Turn yourself in at any law enforcement agency or make arrangements to surrender on the warrant at the Friend of the Court office.  The arraigning Judge may give positive consideration to you for turning yourself in.
 
Failure to resolve the bench warrant may result in your arrest.
 
What should I do if I know someone has a warrant for non payment of child support?
 
Call the nearest law enforcement agency to report the location of the wanted individual.
 
WHAT HAPPENS IF I AM ARRESTED?
 
If you are unable to post the original bond, you will be arraigned before a Circuit Court Family Division Judge.  The Judge has the option of modifying the bond.  If you are unable to post the modified bond amount, you will be held in jail for up to 14 days until the next scheduled hearing date.
 
After I am arraigned or post a bond, do I have any further hearings?
 
Most likely, YES, you will have another hearing.  You should have been provided a hearing date at your arraignment or on your bond paperwork.  Your bond paperwork, if issued by the arresting agency, you will not have the correct date and time for your child support bench warrant hearing.  You will receive a subsequent order from the Friend of the Court with the correct hearing date and time.  It is IMPORTANT for you to update the Friend of the Court with your legal address at ALL times, otherwise you may not receive important paperwork resulting in another bench warrant.
 
If I am the custodial parent, do I have to attend the hearing?
 
You are not required to appear, but if you do not appear, then the Court cannot consider what you have to say.  No on will represent you at this hearing except for you or your attorney.
 
IF I POSTED THE BOND OR SOMEONE POSTED IT FOR ME, WILL IT BE RETURNED TO ME IF I APPEAR?
 
Your bond will be addressed at your bench warrant hearing.  In most cases the bond will be applied to any past due support or obligations in the case.  The bond money will be applied to any past due support or obligations in the case.  The bond money will be applied to the case pursuant to federal regulations pertaining to allocation of child support payments.
 
HOW LONG DOES IT TAKE FOR THE BOND MONEY TO BE RELEASED TO THE PAYEE?
 
When the bond is addressed at the hearing, the forfeiting of the bond may take up to one month from the hearing date.  If the hearing is further adjourned, it could take longer.
 
 
 
The purpose of the document is to provide you with general answers to frequently asked questions.  It is not intended as either legal advice or to be all inclusive.  Legal questions should be directed to an attorney of your choice.
 
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How are my Payments Distributed? - Child Support Payment FAQ Sheet

 

HOW ARE MY PAYMENTS DISTRIBUTED?
 
Federal regulations require that payments all go first to the current monthly support obligation owed to the custodial parent. Once the monthly obligation is met (amount of weekly support multiplied by 4.35) then the balance is distributed in this order until each is paid in full: payee arrearage, state arrearage, confinement, blood tests, service fees, court costs. The exception to this rule is Federal Tax money, which pays money owed to the State first.
 
HOW CAN I STOP MY CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS?
 
Only by Court Order which can be obtained by filing a pro per motion, requesting a support review or by consulting with an attorney of your choice.
 
WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO IF MY CHILD IS NOW LIVING WITH ME?
 
If there has been a change in custody and you pay support, you may want to modify your order.   You may do so by filing a pro per motion and in the meantime file for visitation abatement, by providing exact dates in writing, if your order allows.
 
HOW CAN THE AMOUNT OF SUPPORT I PAY BE CHANGED?
 
You may request a change in your support order:
1)     By the use of a pro per packet which can be obtained at the Friend of the Court         (the process may take one to three months to have an order entered).
2)     By requesting a support review through the Friend of the Court, which could take         at least 90 days to have an order entered. Each party may request a review         once every three years, unless there is a material change in circumstances (loss of job, etc).
3)     By using an attorney of your choice.
 
WHY HAVEN’T I RECEIVED A PAYMENT?
 
You can receive payment information by calling (269) 969-6415 for the 24-hour automated system or by calling the FOC Office at (269) 969-6500.
 
 
 
 
 
 
IF I HAVE BEEN PAYING MY CHILD SUPPORT AND THE CUSTODIAL PARENT IS NOT ALLOWING PARENTING TIME, DO I HAVE TO KEEP PAYING SUPPORT?
 
YES. Parenting time and support are separate parts of a court order, with separate enforcement actions.You should write a statement with as much detail as you can provide regarding the violation of parenting time and send to the FOC.
 


 
IF I AM NOT RECEIVING SUPPORT, DO I NEED TO ALLOW PARENTING TIME?
 
Yes. Parenting time and support are separate parts of a court order with separate enforcement procedures.
 
CAN I PAY THE OTHER PARTY DIRECTLY?
 
No, not without modifying your court order and filing with the court clerk. If you pay directly you will not receive credit for the payment unless stated in court order.
 
IF I AM RECEIVING PUBLIC ASSISTANCE, DO I STILL GET CHILD SUPPORT?
 
NO. The MiSDU must send to the State any child support payment made while you are on public assistance.
 
IS THE FRIEND OF THE COURT RESPONSIBLE FOR MAKING SURE THAT CHILD SUPPORT MONEY IS BEING SPENT ON THE CHILDREN?
 
NO. The law does not give anyone the authority to verify how child support payments are being spent.
 
 
 
 
The purpose of this document is to provide you with general answers to frequently asked questions. It is not intended as either legal advice or to be all inclusive. Legal questions should be directed to an attorney of your choice.
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Why can't the FOC tell me if I'm going to receive tax money? - Tax Offset FAQ

PURPOSE FOR TAX OFFSET

Mandated by the Social Security Act

Collection of past due support from federal income tax refunds in TANF and non-TANF IV-D

cases is authorized by Section 464 of the Social Security Act. Section 466(a)(3) of the act

requires states to have statutorily based procedures for state income tax offset.

TAX TABLE:

*If the payer of support owes $500 or more in NON-TANF support arrears his/her

FEDERAL refund will be taken.

*If the payer of support owes $150 or more in TANF support arrears his/her

FEDERAL refund will be taken.

*If the payer of support owes $150 or more in TANF or NON-TANF support arrears

his/her STATE refund will be taken.

I DO NOT AGREE WITH THE ARREARAGE AMOUNT ON MY NOTICE, WHAT

CAN I DO?

First you will want to get your current arrearage amount from the Friend of the Court

Office. The arrearage amount on the State notice reflects what amount was owed as of

August of that current year. The arrearage amount on the Federal notice reflects what

amount was owed as of 90 days before the notice date. Please note: The amount of

arrearage referred for tax intercept is updated every week beginning in December and

continues up to interception. You may want to ask a Friend of the Court representative

what the current, referred amount is.

You may request an Administrative Review Hearing

1) There is a mistake of fact.

OR

2) There is a mistake of identity. You are not the person named in the order obligated to

make payments

If you cannot demonstrate a mistake of fact or identity, you are not entitled to an

administrative review by the Friend of the Court. You may seek relief by filing a motion with

the Circuit Court/Family Division.

Please submit administrative review request to:

Attention Friend of the Court Tax Offset

161 E Michigan Ave.

Battle Creek, MI 49014

ONLY if:YOU must demonstrate the error(s) in the accounting records

WHY DIDN’T I GET A NOTICE SAYING THAT MY FEDERAL TAXES WERE

GOING TO BE TAKEN?

Once you get a Federal Tax Notice that will be your lifetime notice until your arrearage

amount falls below the required amount. Refer to the Tax Table above to see what

the required amount is.

WHY ARE MY TAXES BEING TAKEN IF I’M PAYING ON MY ARREARS?

The Federal Regulations and Michigan Statute states that if you have an arrearage balance

that meets the required amount (See Tax Table above to see required amounts) then your

tax money must be taken.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY ARREARS FALL BELOW THE REQUIRED AMOUNT

AFTER I HAVE RECEIVED MY NOTICE, BUT BEFORE MY TAXES ARE TAKEN?

After December of the current year the IRS is updated every week on the current arrearage

balance. If your arrearage balance falls below the required amount your name will

automatically be deleted. However, there is no guarantee that the money will not be

intercepted. If it is, you will be refunded any amount in excess of your arrearage.

I GOT A NOTICE THAT MY TAX MONEY WAS TAKEN BUT THE FRIEND OF THE

COURT DOES NOT HAVE THE MONEY, WHERE IS IT?

The IRS takes the federal tax money after you have filed your taxes and then it is sent to

the Office of Child Support in Lansing. It is then sent to the MiSDU (Michigan State

Disbursement Unit). This process could take up to 90 days. State tax money is sent to

MiSDU from the State Treasurer and this process could take anywhere from 4-6 weeks.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY CURRENT SPOUSE AND I FILE JOINTLY AND PART

OF THE TAX RETURN IS HIS/HERS, WHAT CAN WE DO?

Your spouse may file an injured spouse claim with the IRS so that your current spouse’s

portion is not applied to your arrears.

WHAT HAPPENS IF WE FILED JOINTLY AND DID NOT NOTIFY THE FRIEND

OF THE COURT?

The State/MiSDU will hold the tax money for 6 months to see if an injured spouse claim has

been filed. If a claim has been received an adjustment may need to be done on the amount

the MiSDU received.

HOW DOES TAX MONEY GET DISTRIBUTED?

Federal tax money will first be applied to any arrearage owed to the state and then applied

to arrearages owed to CP. State tax money will be applied to arrearages owed to the CP

first and then applied to arrearages owed to the state.

WHAT HAPPENS IF MY TAX RETURN IS MORE THAN THE AMOUNT OF THE

ARREARAGE?

Once tax money is received MiCSES (the statewide computer system) will only apply what

is owed in arrears and then the balance will be returned to the payer.

WHY CAN’T THE FOC TELL ME IF I’M GOING TO RECEIVE TAX MONEY?

The IRS establishes rules that specify what information regarding another taxpayer’s taxes

can be given and to whom.

disclose the source of the payment, the taxpayer’s filing status, or the amount of

the payment.

Those rules specify that the Friend of the Court cannot

The purpose of this document is to provide you with general answers to frequently asked questions. It is not intended as

either legal advice or to be all inclusive. Legal questions should be directed to an attorney of your choice.

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What is Ordinary Medical Expense? - Medical FAQs

 

I have medical bills for my child(ren) that insurance won’t cover. What do I do?
 
It is very important to read and understand your current Court Order. Court Orders require each parent to pay a portion of any uninsured medical expenses. Some orders require a party to pay the entire uninsured medical bill before seeking reimbursement from the other parent. When presenting medical expenses to the other parent, you must provide supporting documentation including itemized billing statements and insurance payment documentation. If the parent has not paid their portion of the bill within 28 days, you can request enforcement of the uninsured medical expenses by filing the forms with the Friend of the Court office. Do not “stockpile” bills as they must be turned in to the Friend of the Court within certain timeframes or they will be rejected. Forms and instructions are available at the Friend of the Court website, www.calhouncountymi.gov or at the counter in the Friend of the Court office.
 
My child(ren)’s bill is being sent to collections. What can I do?
 
The Friend of the Court can only assist in the collection of a party’s court ordered portion of a bill. The Friend of the Court cannot prevent medical service providers from taking collection activity against a party.
 
The other parent is not providing health insurance for our child(ren). What can I do?
 
It is important to read and understand the health insurance provision(s) or your Court Order to see if the other parent is required to carry Dependent Health Care Coverage. Most orders require parents to provide health care insurance if it is available as a benefit of employment at a reasonable cost. If the other party has health insurance available and has not provided coverage for the child, you may request assistance from the Friend of the Court.
 
Do I have to appear for medical enforcement hearings if I am the party seeking collection?
 
Yes. Both parties are required to appear and testify at any hearing regarding disputed medical bills. Failure to appear may result in your claim being dismissed.
 
The other party is carrying insurance but will not give me an insurance card. What can I do?
 
In some instances you may be able to contact the insurance carrier directly to obtain an insurance card. If you are unable to obtain a card yourself, you may request assistance from the Friend of the Court.
 
My employer will not enroll my child(ren) under my insurance without a notice from the court. What can I do?
 
Contact the Friend of the Court Medical Support Enforcement Unit for assistance in getting the child(ren) enrolled.
 
The other party is keeping insurance checks intended for the medical service provider. What can I do?
 
You may obtain, complete, and submit the forms for reimbursement of uninsured medical expenses. You will be required to provide proof of treatment, an itemized billing statement, and an insurance provider’s statement of the amount they paid to the other party for these services. The medical service provider’s billing office may be able to assist you in obtaining insurance payment information.
 
My employer received a notice to enroll my child(ren) in my insurance and I can’t afford it. What can I do?
 
Most orders require parents to provide health care insurance if it is available as a benefit of employment at a reasonable cost. If you believe that the cost of the insurance is excessive, you can request a review of the cost of the insurance. Put your request in writing and include documentation from the employer showing your wages and the cost of the insurance. Send the information to the Friend of the Court for review.
 
What is ordinary medical expense?
 
Each child support order issued or modified after October 1, 2004, will include an additional amount for “ordinary health care expenses.” A person who pays child support will pay the additional amount each month, in addition to child support, to cover regular health care expenses. This new process will help custodial parents pay out-of-pocket health care expenses as they incur them. It will also eliminate the need to seek separate reimbursement for every routine health care bill.
“Ordinary health care expenses” include co-payments, deductibles, and other uninsured health care costs. On average, parents spend $345 per child on ordinary health care costs annually. After the custodial parent has spent more than the annual amount, s/he may seek reimbursement of any additional amounts. The reimbursement is limited to the court ordered percentage of out of pocket health care expenses.
 
How does the Custodial Parent request reimbursement of extraordinary medical expenses?
 
The custodial parent must provide proof that the total annual ordinary medical expense for all children was exceeded before requesting reimbursement of extraordinary medical expenses. The non-custodial parent is responsible for his or her percent of extraordinary medical expenses as stated in the court order.
 
Examples:
 
If you are a custodial parent and your order requires annual ordinary medical of $345 per child per year, and you have incurred $250 of uninsured medical expenses, since you have not met your ordinary expense threshold, there is no extraordinary expense to claim. The non-custodial parent has already been charged for his/her portion of this in their monthly support, thus no demand for uninsured expense may be submitted to the Friend of the Court.
 
If you are a custodial parent and your order requires annual ordinary medical of $345 per child per year, and you have incurred $450 of uninsured medical expenses, the non-custodial parent would be responsible for his/her portion of $105 (the extraordinary expense). Forms and instructions for asking the Friend of the Court for assistance can be found in our office or online at www.calhouncountymi.gov/foc and click on Forms.
 
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How do I change my Custody Order - Custody FAQ Sheet

 

HOW DO I CHANGE MY CUSTODY ORDER?
 
The Friend of the Court provides a Pro Per Packet to modify custody for those cases where custody is already established.
 
For cases where custody is not established you may be able to file a pro per motion with Circuit Court. Consult with Friend of the Court or an attorney for your choice.
 
Custody may be changed/ established, on some case types, through pro per motion (there are some exceptions-refer to pro per instructions), or through Mediation at the Friend of the Court (which is free of charge) if both parties agree to mediate. Forms are available at the Friend of the Court.
 
IS THERE AN AGE AT WHICH MY CHILD CAN CHOOSE WITH WHOM THEY WANT TO LIVE?
 
No. A child’s preference is only one of twelve factors that must be considered by the Court when determining the best interests of the child, and is seldom ever the controlling factor.
 
WHAT IS JOINT LEGAL CUSTODY?
 
Parents will communicate and cooperate with one another and attempt to reach mutual decisions regarding major issues affecting their children. This decision-making process includes, but is not limited to: major non-emergency medical decisions, educational decisions, and religious upbringing.
 
WHAT IS JOINT PHYSICAL CUSTODY?
 
Children live with one parent part of the time and the other parent part of the time. This time does not have to be exactly equal. The parent who has care of the children at any given time is responsible for routine decisions regarding the children.
 
WHAT IS PRIMARY PHYSICAL CUSTODY?
 
Children live primarily with one parent.
 
WHAT IS SOLE CUSTODY?
 
Children live with one parent and that parent is responsible for making major decisions regarding the children.
 
MY ORDER STATES THAT I CANNOT MOVE MY CHILDREN FROM THE STATE OF MICHIGAN WITHOUT APPROVAL OF THE COURT. HOW DO I GET THE COURT’S APPROVAL?
 
Parents may agree to a change of domicile by signing an agreement (stipulation). Once this agreement is put in the form of an order, signed by the judge and filed with the court clerk, it will become an order of the court.
 
If you and the other parent cannot agree upon a change of domicile, you may:
 
(1) File a petition of your own, or contact an attorney to help you file the Petition.
 
(2) You and the other parent may participate in voluntary Friend of the Court Mediation. There is no charge for this service. The forms to request voluntary mediation are available at the Friend of the Court.
 
Notifying the Friend of the Court or filing a petition does not allow you to move your children from the state. You must obtain a court order granting this change.
 
YOU DO NOT NEED PERMISSION OF THE COURT TO TAKE CHILDREN ON A VACATION OUT OF STATE UNLESS RESTRICTED IN YOUR COURT ORDER.
 
MY ORDER STATES THAT I CANNOT CHANGE THE LEGAL RESIDENCE OF MY CHILD, WITHOUT APPROVAL OF THE COURT. WHAT DOES LEGAL RESIDENCE MEAN AND HOW CAN I GET THE COURT’S APPROVAL?
 
The restriction on changing a child’s legal residence means that neither parent may move more than 100 miles from the place of their residence, at the time of the commencement of the custody action. If your order states the domicile/residence cannot be moved from Michigan, you must remain in Michigan.
 
You can obtain a Court Order allowing you to move the child’s legal residence by using the same methods described above to move the child outside of the State.
 
 
THE MICHIGAN CUSTODY GUIDELINES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT:
 
www.courts.michigan.gov/scao/resources/publications/manuals
 
Custody Factors (Child Custody Act of 1970):

   Sec. 3. As used in this act, "best interests of the child" means the sum total of the following factors to be considered, evaluated, and determined by the court:

   (a) The love, affection, and other emotional ties existing between the parties involved and the child.
   (b) The capacity and disposition of the parties involved to give the child love, affection, and guidance and to continue the education and raising of the child in his or her religion or creed, if any.
   (c) The capacity and disposition of the parties involved to provide the child with food, clothing, medical care or other remedial care recognized and permitted under the laws of this state in place of medical care, and other material needs.
   (d) The length of time the child has lived in a stable, satisfactory environment, and the desirability of maintaining continuity.
   (e) The permanence, as a family unit, of the existing or proposed custodial home or homes.
   (f) The moral fitness of the parties involved.
   (g) The mental and physical health of the parties involved.
   (h) The home, school, and community record of the child.
   (i) The reasonable preference of the child, if the court considers the child to be of sufficient age to express preference.
   (j) The willingness and ability of each of the parties to facilitate and encourage a close and continuing parent-child relationship between the child and the other parent or the child and the parents.
   (k) Domestic violence, regardless of whether the violence was directed against or witnessed by the child.
   (l) Any other factor considered by the court to be relevant to a particular child custody dispute.
 
The purpose of this document is to provide you with general answers to frequently asked questions. It is not intended as either legal advice or to be all inclusive. Legal questions should be directed to an attorney of your choice.
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I received an income withholding notice from the Friend of the Court for someone who subcontracts for me or my company. I do not take any withholdings and only issue a 1099 to them. Do I have to honor this income withholding notice because I am not their 'employer'?

Yes.  Withholding orders apply to "sources of income" and "income" defined by Michigan law as noted below.  A Notice of income withholding is issued by the Friend of the Court under the authority of the Support and Parenting Time Enforcement Act.
 
Accordingly not only an employer but also any person or entity making payments to a payer which are "income" defined below are obligated to obey income withholding notices.  This applies to only items which are subject o federal and state W-2, but also to most payments which are subject to 1099 reporting.
  1. Income Withholding Notices are issued to 'sources of income.'  [MCL 552.609]. A "source of income" is defiined by law [MCL 552.602(cc)] as an "employer" or "another individual or entity" that owes or will owe income to the payer.
  2. "Income" is defined under Michigan law [MCL 552.602(n)] as:
    1. Commissions, earnings, salaries, wages and other income due or to be due in the future to an individual from his or her employer and successor employers.
    2. A payment due or to be due in the future to an individual from a profit sharing plan, a pension plan, an insurance contract, an annuity, social security, unemployment compensation, supplemental unemployment benefits, or worker's compensation.
    3. An amount of money that is due to an individual as a debt of another individual, partnership, association, or private or public corporation, the United States or a federal agency, this state or a political subdivision of this state, another state or a political subdivision of another state, or another legal entity that is indebted to the individual.
  3. The directed amount must be withheld and is binding upon the source of income seven (7) days from the date the notice is issued. [MCL 552.611]
  4. Once the income is withheld, it must be remitted to the Michigan State Disbursement Unit within 3 days. [MCL 552.609]
  5. Income Withholding has priority over all other legal processes under State law against the same income. [MCL 552.611]
  6. The income withholding remains in effect until the Friend of the Court tells you to stop withholding. [MCL 552.611]
  7. The Court may find a source of income in contempt, require the source of income to pay the amount it knowingly and intentionally failed to withhold, and fine the source of income for failing to comply. [MCL 552.613]
  8. The law [MCL 552.612] relieves the source of income from liability as it relates to that portion of the payer's income that is affected by the income withholding notice.

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What happens to my support if the payer moves to another state? - Interstate FAQ Sheet

WHAT HAPPENS TO MY SUPPORT IF THE PAYER MOVES TO ANOTHER STATE?
 
If you have a Michigan support order and the payer of support moves to another state, this Office will continue to enforce the collection of your support.  This will be done by direct income withholding to the payer's out-of-state employer.  Other in-state remedies also apply such as tax offset, show-cause hearings and bench warrants.  However, certain in-state remedies are not as effective if the payer is living out of state, such as show-cause hearing and bench warrants.  If the payer's whereabouts are known (out of state), but his employer is not known, it is usually more effective to register the Michigan order in the state of residence of the payer.
 
HOW DO I REGISTER MY ORDER IN ANOTHER STATE AND WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
 
The Friend of the Court Interstate Dept will register your Michigan order in another state if necessary.  This means that your order will be sent to the state where the payer lives.  The out-of-state court will register the Michigan order, at which time they can enforce the Michigan order as if it were their own order.  Your Michigan order cannot be modified when your order is registered for enforcement.  The other state is required to enforce the Michigan ordered amount of child support.
 
WHAT HAPPENS IF BOTH PARTIES MOVE FROM THE STATE OF MICHIGAN?
 
Michigan can continue to enforce the support order the same as described in question #2.  Although Michigan can continue to enforce the Michigan order if all parties have left the state, the custodial parent is encouraged to sign up for services at your local child support office.  Should enforcement other than income withholding be necessary in the future your case will already be established in your new state and may save time while you wait for enforcement action.  However, the Michigan support order cannot be modified in Michigan if neither party or the child/ren lives here in Michigan.  If both parties reside outside the state of Michigan, the party wishing a modification of the order must register the order in the other party's state for modification.
 
I HAVE RECENTLY MOVED TO MICHIGAN, BUT I HAVE A SUPPORT ORDER FROM ANOTHER STATE.  HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTING THAT SUPPORT?
 
If the payer resides in the state that issued the support order, you simply need to request a re-direction of child support to this county's Friend of the Court Office.  If the payer of support resides in a state different from the state that issued the support order, you will need to have the support order registered in the payer's current home state.  In either case you will need a referral from Family Independence Agency (FIA) at 269-966-1284 and explain your situtaion.  They will then refer you and/or your case either to the Friend of the Court for re-direction or to the Prosecutor's Offce to begin the registration process.
 
I DO NOT HAVE A SUPPORT ORDER AND THE OTHER PARTY RESIDES OUT OF STATE.  HOW DO I GO ABOUT GETTING A SUPPORT ORDER ENTERED?
 
You will need to determine if a support order can be established here in Michigan or if a petition will need to be filed in the other state.  In either case, the Prosecutor's Office will assist you in the matter.  You will need a referral to the Prosecutor's Office before they can open a case.  To obtain a referal, call FIA 269-966-1284.
 
FREQUENTLY USED INTERSTATE TERMS
 
UIFSA: Uniform Interstate Family Support Act - the law which governs enforcement and modification of support orders across state lines.  UIFSA applies to support only.  Custody and parenting time issues cannot b
   
RESPONDENT: The person responding to an action.
   
PETITIONER: The person initiating an action.
   
NCP: Non-custodial parent; the parent who does not have physical custody of the child.
   
CP: Custodial parent; the parent who has physical custody of the child.
   
REGISTRATION: The process of sending one state's order to another state for the purpose of enforcement, modification or both.
 
 
 
The purpose of this document is to provide you with general answers to frequently asked questions.  It is not intended as either legal advice or to be all inclusive.  Legal questions should be directed to an attorney of your choice.
 
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The other party is not allowing parenting time like it says in the order. What can I do? - Parenting Time FAQ

PARENTING TIME FAQ SHEET

THE OTHER PARTY IS NOT ALLOWING PARENTING TIME LIKE IT SAYS IN THE ORDER.

WHAT CAN I DO?

File a written complaint within 56 days of the alleged violation with the Friend of the Court. Your

complaint must specify the date and time when parenting time was attempted and denied with

any details. If the Friend of the Court believes the parenting time order may have been violated,

it shall start enforcement action. If this complaint results in a show cause hearing,

appear as the complaining party or the matter will be dismissed

you must.

I AM CONCERNED THAT MY CHILD(REN) ARE BEING ABUSED WHEN WITH THE OTHER

PARENT. WHAT SHOULD I DO?

Report your concerns to the Protective Services Unit of the Department of Human Services or

your local law enforcement agency. The telephone number in Michigan is 1-800-942-4357

(statewide). You may also wish to provide, in writing, to your Friend of the Court Office a copy of

your concerns so that they may be made a part of your file. The Friend of the Court Office does

not have the authority to investigate and remove children from the home in abuse or neglect

matters.

MY CHILD DOES NOT WANT TO ENGAGE IN PARENTING TIME WITH THE OTHER

PARENT. WHAT CAN I DO?

Parents are to obey court orders, regardless of the child’s age. It is the parent’s responsibility to

promote a positive relationship with the child and the other parent and to make sure the children

are prepared physically and emotionally for their parenting time with the other parent. You may

want to try the following options:

1. Contact the Friend of the Court and request mediation or seek professional counseling.

2. File a motion with the court asking for a change in your parenting time order.

3. Work out a different arrangement with the other parent, however agreements between

parties outside the Court order are not enforceable by the Friend of the Court.

CHILD SUPPORT PAYMENTS ARE NOT BEING MADE. DO I HAVE TO ALLOW PARENTING

TIME?

Yes. Parenting time and support are separate parts of a court order with separate enforcement

procedures.

IT APPEARS THAT THE OTHER PARENT HAS BEEN DRINKING OR USING DRUGS. DO I

HAVE TO LET THE CHILDREN GO?

It is your duty as a parent to protect your child. If you choose to act contrary to the court order

in such a situation by withholding the children, you may have to explain to the court, at a “show

cause” hearing, why you should not be held in contempt for your decision.

THE OTHER PARENT REFUSES TO SEE OUR CHILDREN. WHAT CAN THE FRIEND OF THE

COURT DO?

The Friend of the Court cannot force a parent to engage in parenting time with his/her children.

It is the parent’s duty to promote a positive relationship with the children and the other parent.

Your options include: counseling, mediation, and filing a petition for change of the parenting time

order.

I HAVE A SPECIFIC PARENTING TIME SCHEDULE THAT I WOULD LIKE TO CHANGE.

WHAT CAN I DO?

Modify your Court order by the following:

1. Pro Per Motion if your case applies 2. Voluntary Mediation if agreeable by the parties.

Forms to request voluntary mediation are available from the Friend of the Court. There is no

charge for voluntary mediation services from the Friend of the Court. 3. Agreement between

parties. An agreement between parties without a court order is not enforceable. 4. Contact

an attorney.

MY PARENTING TIME ORDER STATES I HAVE “REASONABLE VISITATION RIGHTS OR

REASONABLE PARENTING TIME.” WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

Reasonable parenting time means that the Court believes that parenting time should occur.

“Reasonable” parenting time is not specific enough to be enforced by the Friend of the Court.

MY PARENTING TIME ORDER STATES I HAVE PARENTING TIME “AT ALL TIMES AND

PLACES TO WHICH THE PARTIES MUTUALLY AGREE”. WHAT DOES THIS MEAN?

This means that, unless the time and place are agreeable to both parties, parenting time is not

ordered. If you cannot mutually agree to a visitation schedule, you have the following options:

Contact the other party to see if he or she will agree to mediation.

File a Pro Per Motion for specific parenting time if your case qualifies or contact an attorney to

help you file the motion.

CALHOUN COUNTY’S STANDARD PARENTING TIME AND STANDARD PARENTING TIME

TRANSPORTATION GUIDELINES ARE AVAILABLE ON OUR WEBSITE:

www.calhouncountymi.gov/foc

THE MICHIGAN PARENTING TIME GUIDELINES ARE AVAILABLE ONLINE AT:

www.calhouncountymi.gov/foc/publications

The purpose of this document is to provide you with general answers to frequently asked questions. It is not intended as either legal

advice or to be all inclusive. Legal questions should be directed to an attorney of your choice.

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I received an income withholding order and the amount collected on arrears is too high. What can I do? - Objection FAQ

OBJECTIONS FAQ SHEET

Medical

I received a notice from the friend of the court that says I am responsible

to pay a percentage of uninsured medical expenses for my child. I do not

agree with the dollar amount or do not agree with the services that were

performed and don’t think I should have to pay them. How do I object to

this?

You must send a written statement to the friend of the court within 21 days of the

date the form was mailed to you and the friend of the court will then schedule a

hearing for the court to consider your objection reasons and make a ruling. The

written statement must specify what you are objecting to, including the date of the

ruling/document, and the reason for your objection.

I received notice from the friend of the court that I must carry health

insurance on my child. I cannot afford health insurance, what can I do?

Write to the friend of the court asking for a review of your requirement to carry

health insurance based upon reasonable cost. The friend of the court will then

contact your employer requesting them to provide documentation regarding your

wages and the cost of the insurance. After review, the friend of the court will send

its written findings to both parties. If the friend of the court determines the health

care coverage cost is unreasonable, the employer will be notified to disregard the

notice to enroll the child.

I received notice from the friend of the court that I must carry health

insurance on my child. My husband/wife (step parent) carries insurance;

do I have to have insurance too?

No, send a written statement referencing the notice and provide proof of insurance

via copy of the insurance cards to the Friend of the Court.

I received notice from the friend of the court that I must carry health

insurance on my child. The child is covered by the other parent; do I have

to carry insurance too?

Not if the other parent notifies the friend of the court in writing and provides copies

of their insurance cards proving the child is covered. The friend of the court will

then prepare a consent order that will be sent to both of you to sign and return to

the friend of the court.

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Support Modification

I received a recommendation from the Friend of the Court for a change in

child support and I don’t agree with it, what should I do?

If you disagree with the Friend of the Court recommendation, you can file a written

objection within 21 days of the date it was mailed to you. The written objection

must be filed with the Circuit Court Clerk with a copy sent to the Friend of the

Court, Support Investigations Unit, and a copy to the other party. The written

objection must specify to what you are objecting, including the date of the

recommendation and the reason for your objection. Upon receipt of the copy of

your objection by the Friend of the Court, an appointment for a joint meeting

(conciliation conference) with the Support Investigator will be set up. You will be

advised by letter of the date and time of the meeting. The intent of the meeting is

to explain the recommendation and the Michigan Child Support Formula. If, after

the conciliation conference, the parties agree with the recommendation, the order

will be sent to the assigned Judge for entry by the court.

It is important to understand that the Friend of the Court must recommend and the

Court must order child support that complies with the Michigan Child Support

Formula. Any deviation from the Formula amount must be documented on the

record and explained in a court order.

If you still disagree with the recommendation after the conciliation conference, a

hearing will be set for you before the Family Division Referee. You will receive a

notice of this hearing in the mail. You must attend the hearing to tell the referee

why you disagree with the recommendation, otherwise the recommendation will

become an order of the court.

Income Withholding

I received an income withholding order and the amount collected on

arrears is too high, what can I do?

Did the form that accompanied the income withholding say that your arrears were

administratively adjusted per guideline and that you could object?

a)

relief. You must indicate why you feel the administrative amount being

collected is incorrect by stating a mistake of fact, identity, or the reason you

feel the amount is unjust or inappropriate. The friend of the court will review

your objection and make an administrative determination. If you disagree

with their written review, you then will have 21 days to file a written

objection requesting a hearing.

b)

your arrears payment amount. There are no forms available from the Friend

of the Court to assist you in filing a motion for arrears modification. If you

have had a change in circumstances and have a current support obligation,

you may wish to ask the court to review your arrears repayment in addition

to that obligation. You may file a motion to ask the court to modify your

support by either contacting an attorney or by using pro per support

modification forms which you may obtain from the friend of the court. You

may also request a child support review from the friend of the court.

________________________________________________________________

Yes. Then you may contact the friend of the court in writing asking forNo. Then your recourse is to file a motion and ask the court to judicially set

Referee Hearing

I went to a hearing before a Referee and I just received an order that I do

not agree with, what can I do?

Does the Order say “INTERIM EFFECT OF REFEREES DECISION?” Followed by a

Certificate of Mailing?

a) If yes then you must file a motion to set aside the referee recommendation

with the Circuit Court Clerk. Forms to file a motion to set aside are available

at the Circuit Court Clerk or at the Friend of the Court. Bring the order you

are objecting to, with you, when you file your objection. The written

objection must specify what you are objecting to, including the date of the

ruling/document, and the reason for your objection.

b) If the order does not have such a paragraph then it is not an order you can

file a motion to set aside.

Does the order say “The attached order will be submitted to the assigned Family

Division Referee for approval and for entry by the Court if there are no objections

filed within 7 days of the service of this notice?”

a) If yes, then the only grounds for filing an objection are to address the

accuracy or completeness of the proposed order, not the actual finding of the

Referee. You must file an “Objection to entry of order MCR 3.215 Referee 7-

Day Rule.” This form, along with instructions is available at the Circuit Court

Clerk or the Friend of the Court.

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HOW CAN I MAKE A PAYMENT AT THE FOC? - Payment & Accounting FAQ

PAYMENT AND ACCOUNTING FAQ SHEET

HOW ARE INCOME WITHHOLDING PAYMENTS HANDLED?

The employer sends Income Withholding payments to the Michigan State

Disbursement Unit (MISDU) in Lansing. On September 2, 2003 the MiSDU began

issuing checks to the payees.

HOW CAN I MAKE A PAYMENT AT THE FOC?

You may make a cash child support payment with exact change between the hours

of 9-11 and 1-3. Because different types of payments are receipted differently, you

will need to complete the coupon that corresponds to the type of payment you are

making (service fees, FNS, hearing ordered payment). To make a regular child

support payment by check, it must be made payable to the MiSDU in Lansing and

sent in the mail. The address is:

MiSDU

P O Box 30351

Lansing, MI 48909-7851

Payments can also be made via the MiSDU website at

or credit card. The FOC has a PC set up in the lobby for those clients without

computer access who wish to use this website to make their payment.

www.misdu.com with a debit

WHAT INFORMATION IS NEEDED TO MAKE A PAYMENT?

The MiSDU requires the use of a payment coupon. They will issue pre-printed

coupons on a monthly basis to all clients without an active income withholding order

and a good address.

HOW CAN I OBTAIN INFORMATION ON MY ACCOUNT?

You may log onto

months. Payment information and case balances are available by calling the 24-

hour automated phone system at either (269) 969-6415 or you may call the FOC

Office as (269) 969-6500. Another option you have to receive case information is

to request printouts. To do this you need to fill out an Access to Court Records Form

being very specific about what you are requesting and giving dates so we know

what time period you are looking for. Printouts are $1 per page. You will receive a

call concerning your request.

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UNDER WHAT CIRCUMSTANCES WOULD I NOT RECEIVE A PAYMENT?

A. Payer did not make a payment.

B. You have not updated your address in writing with the FOC or MiSDU.

C. Your monthly support obligation has been met and you are not owed any

arrearages.

D. The MiSDU received a check from the payer or employer that had to be returned

because of insufficient information.

E. If you are receiving a cash grant from the DHS, the MiSDU will send all support

payments to the State.

IF I HAVE PLACED A STOP PAYMENT ON A CHECK, HOW LONG WILL

IT BE BEFORE I GET A REPLACEMENT CHECK?

The MiSDU will issue a new check automatically. You must contact them for

further information on your check.

CAN I SIGN UP FOR DIRECT DEPOSIT OF MY CHILD SUPPORT

CHECKS?

Yes. The MiSDU requires direct deposit of child support checks. Custodial parents

that do not sign up for direct deposit with their own bank will be issued a US Bank

debit card and their child support will go into that account.

WHY CAN’T I RECEIVE A CHECK?

The law changed and now requires the MiSDU to send payments electronically. The

only exemptions from electronic disbursement of support are: Individuals with a

mental or physical disability that imposes a hardship in accessing electronic

payments, individuals with a language or literacy barrier that imposes a hardship in

accessing electronic payments, individuals with payments that are not recurring

(two or less per year), or are not expected to continue in a 12-month period, and

individuals with both home and work addresses that are more than 30 miles from

an ATM or their financial institution.

Exempt customers are not required to receive payments via direct deposit or a debit

card. They must contact the MiSDU to request an exemption by calling 1-877-4-MIDEBIT

(1-877-464-3324). The Calhoun County Friend of the Court cannot give you

an exemption.

ARE THERE FEES INVOLVED WITH THE DEBIT CARD?

There are no fees to make a purchase at the locations that accept Visa debit card

transactions. You can also receive cash back free of charge from any bank teller or

credit union teller that processes Visa cash advances at their teller windows.

There is a US Bank service charge of $1.50 for all ATM withdrawals. There may be

an additional surcharge by the ATM owner/operator for any transactions. There are

no US Bank fees for online account information or ATM balance inquiries. Since the

Visa debit card is not a credit card, any amount spent above the available balance

will result in an insufficient fund fee of $20.

Complete details on fees will be provided with the card. All fees are assessed either

by US Bank or the ATM owner/operator and will be taken directly from the account

balance on the Visa debit card.

HOW CAN I FIND OUT ABOUT MY PAYMENTS?

You can still call the 24-hour automated information access line at (269) 969-6415

to find payment information or log onto

months of payment information.

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The purpose of this document is to provide you with general answers to frequently asked questions. It is not

intended as either legal advice or to be all-inclusive. Legal questions should be directed to an attorney of your

choice.

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HOW CAN MY SUPPORT BE MODIFIED? - Support Modification FAQ

SUPPORT MODIFICATION FAQ SHEET

HOW CAN MY SUPPORT BE MODIFIED?

Only by modifying your court order:

1) By the use of a

Friend of the Court (the process may take one to three months to

have an order entered).

2) By requesting a

Court, which could take at least 90 days to have an order

entered. Each party may request a review once every three

years, unless there is a material change in circumstances (loss of

job, etc).

3) By using an

If your

pro per motion which can be obtained at thesupport review through the Friend of theattorney of your choicefinancial situation changes, you should immediately

file a motion

may adjust the support amount back to the date that the motion

was filed. Simply notifying the Friend of the Court of a change in

either party’s financial situation does not change the court order.

for a change in the support amount. The court

HOW DOES THE COURT DETERMINE YOUR AMOUNT OF

SUPPORT?

The Court is required to use the

Guidelines Formula

guidelines you may

payable to State of Michigan) to, Department of

Management and Budget, Office Services Division,

Publications Section, PO Box 30026, Lansing MI 48913

or there could be a copy at your local library, or on web

site

http://courts.michigan.gov/scao/services/focb/mcsf.htm

THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE GUIDELINE/FORMULA

Michigan Child Supportto set support. To purchase a copy of thesend $5 check or money order (made

1) The Michigan Child Support Guidelines take into

consideration the incomes of both parents, which includes, but

not limited to, salaries, overtime, premiums, and bonuses from all

employers including military pay, workers compensation, as well

as other income such as rental income, interest and dividends.

The Formula does not, however, consider “means tested” income

such as Family Independence Agency payments or Supplemental

Security Income (SSI)

2) A current spouse’s income is not considered under the Child

Support Formula. In Michigan, a current spouse who is not a

parent has no obligation to support your child.

3) If a party voluntarily reduces or eliminates income, the Court

may base the ordered support on that party’s ability to earn (this

is known as “imputing” income).

4) The Michigan Child Support Formula allows for a number of

adjustments, including child care expenses, other children in the

home, other support obligations, and mandatory deductions from

income (such as mandatory retirement withholdings).

WHEN WILL A CHANGE IN SUPPORT BECOME EFFECTIVE?

Absent an agreement of the parties, the Court can not change the

amount of support before the date that the other party was

served with the motion to change the support order. Therefore, it

is important that you file a motion and have the other party

served as soon as there is a change in circumstances.

The purpose of this document is to provide you with general answers to frequently asked

questions. It is not intended as either legal advice or to be all inclusive. Legal questions

should be directed to an attorney of your choice.

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Health Department

Who is the head of the Health Department?

James Rutherford

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What is the number for the Albion Health Department

(517) 629-5591

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Where is the Health Department located?

Toeller Building, 190 E. Michigan Avenue, Battle Creek

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What are the hours of operation for the Health Department?

8 AM - 12 PM & 1 PM - 5 PM

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What day is the Health Department open in Marshall?

Wednesday (8 AM - 11 AM & 1 PM - 4 PM)

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What does the Health Department in Marshall do?

WIC

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Which dentists accept Medicaid?

Refer to Community HealthCare Connections (269-969-6494)

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Does the Health Dept. offer Dental Services?

No. Refer to Family Health Center (269-965-8866)

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Who do I contact with Environmental Health questions?

269-969-6341 (trash, hazardous waste disposal)

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How do I report an unsanitary restaurant or public rest room?

269-969-6341

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Who do I contact to get assistance with glasses, teeth pulled, prescriptions?

2-1-1

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Who can provide immunization & flu shot information?

Please call 269-969-6366 (Health Department Clinic)

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What immunizations are required for foreign travel?

Please call 269-969-6383 (Communicable Disease)

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Where do I get more information on health care for indigent persons?

Refer to Community HealthCare Connections (269-969-6494) or 2-1-1

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Who do I contact to obtain a PERK test?

Environmental Health (269-969-6341)

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Who do I contact to obtain a permit for a well or septic system?

Environmental Health (269-969-6341)

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Who do I contact to obtain a restaurant license?

Environmental Health (269-969-6341)

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Who do I contact about ticks or dead birds?

Environmental Health (269-969-6341)

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Who can assist me with water well questions?

Environmental Health (269-969-6341)

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Where & how do I sign up for WIC?

Please call 269-966-1230

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Where/who do I call if I don't have insurance and need to see a physician?

2-1-1

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Is the Health Department Clinic different than Community HealthCare Connections?

Yes

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Is the Nursing Clinic different than Community HealthCare Connections?

They are housed together (269-969-6494)

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Will the Health Clinic see me for a urinary tract infection?

No

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Are the Health Clinic Services free?

Depends.  Refer to fee schedule. Pregnancy tests are $10.00 or current Medicaid no sliding fee, other clinic services are on a sliding fee schedule.

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What type of STDs do you test for? How long before I get my results? How much does it cost?

Gonorrhea, Chlamydia, Hepatitis B & C, and HIV. One week for results.  Sliding fee schedule.

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Are Prenancy Tests Free?

No. $10 or current Medicaid card.

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Are TB Tests Free?

No. $15.00 or current Medicaid card.

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Who do I contact about Hearing and Vision questions?

(269) 969-6389

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Why should I get the flu shot?

For flu information please visit www.cdc.gov/flu or the Michigan Department of Community Health. Now recommended by CDC for everyone.

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Does the Health Department offer birth control?

No. Refer to Planned Parenthood of South Central Michigan; Kalamazoo Travel Clinic (269-373-5200)

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When do you offer STD Testing?

8 AM - 11 AM M-F & 1 PM - 3:30 PM  M,W,TH

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When do you offer Pregnancy Testing?

8 AM - 11 AM, M-F & 1 PM - 4 PM, M-F

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When do you offer TB Testing?

8 AM - 11 AM M, T, W, F & 1 PM - 4 PM M, T, W, TH

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When do you provide Immunizations?

1 PM - 4 PM T & 1 PM - 4 PM TH

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How can I be protected from a tornado or other natural disaster?

Visit www.calhouncountymi.gov/government/health_department/personal_preparedness/ for personal preparedness information.

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How do I find more information on the Enbridge Oil Spill?

Visit the Health Department's Enbridge page at http://www.calhouncountymi.gov/government/health_department/enbridge_oil_release/.

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Health Department - HIV/AIDS

What is HIV/AIDS?

The Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV) causes AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). HIV attacks the immune system, damaging white blood cells (T-cells). Eventually the body is no longer able to fight off diseases it could before. Most people who contract HIV eventually progress to AIDS. Situations that can activate the virus are re-exposure to the virus, poor diet, alcohol/drug misuse, excessive stress, other infections, and trauma (surgeries, accidents, etc.)
 

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What are the symptoms?

A person may have no symptoms for 11 years or more after being infected. During this time, the person can unknowingly pass the virus to others as early as 8 hours after being infected. When symptoms begin, they may include rapid and extreme weight loss, excessive tiredness, lack of appetite, profound diarrhea, fever, swollen glands, severe night sweats, and unexplained rash or purplish blotches on the skin.
 

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Can the HIV virus be spread through saliva?

No, HIV is not spread through saliva. Four body fluids that can carry the HIV virus are blood, semen, vaginal fluids, and breast milk.
 

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Can I get HIV from a toilet seat?

No, you cannot get HIV from toilet seats. Also, you cannot get HIV from:
 
  • Swimming pools, public showers or bathrooms
  • Drinking fountains
  • Being in the same room with someone who has HIV or AIDS
  • Donating blood
  • Touching, hugging, dry kissing
 

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If I am HIV positive and breastfeeding, can I give my baby HIV?

Yes, the HIV virus can be spread from mother to baby through breast milk. The other ways of getting the HIV virus are through unprotected sex – oral, anal, and vaginal, and/or by sharing needles.
 

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How can I protect myself from getting HIV?

 
  • You may choose not to have sex.
  • Have sex with only one low-risk person who only has sex with you.
  • Know your partner well enough to know they do not engage in activities that may expose them to the virus.
  • Limit your number of sexual partners.
  • Always use latex or plastic condoms with a water-based lubricant.
  • Do not share injection drug equipment (works), tattooing equipment piercing equipment, razors or toothbrushes.
  • Clean your injection drug equipment (works) with bleach and water.
  • Use condoms and dental dams for oral sex.
 

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How many people are infected with the HIV virus?

 
  • At the end of 2003, an estimated 1,039,000 to 1,185,000 persons in the United States were living with HIV/AIDS, with 24-27% undiagnosed and unaware of their HIV infection.
  • In 2004, 38,730 cases of HIV/AIDS were diagnosed in the 35 areas (33 states, Guam, and the US Virgin Islands) with long-term, confidential name-based HIV reporting. The CDC has estimated that approximately 40,000 persons become infected with HIV each year.
  • In the U.S., the cumulative estimated number of deaths of persons with AIDS through 2004 is 529,113.
  • For African-American men between the ages of 25 and 44, HIV is the fourth leading cause of death. It is the third leading cause of death for African-American women between the ages of 25 and 44.
  • About 71% of women currently living with HIV were infected through heterosexual sex, and 27% infected through injection drug use.
  • If a pregnant woman who is HIV positive takes HIV medications, her risk of passing the virus on to her baby lowers to less than 2% compared with approximately 25% when no interventions are given.
  • The Michigan Department of Community Health (MDCH) now estimates that 16,200 residents are living with HIV disease in Michigan.

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Is HIV/AIDS treatable?

Yes, there are some medicines that may slow down the replication process of HIV. However, there is no known cure or medication that kills the virus or repairs the damage that HIV causes to the immune system. Everybody who contracts HIV may not progress to an AIDS diagnosis. Currently we do not know how many people are infected with HIV, which is why it is very important to use a latex or plastic barrier for oral, anal, and vaginal sex.
 
You could be infected with the AIDS virus if one or more of the following apply:
  • I am a man who has had sex with a man.
  • I have had sex with a man who has sex with other men.
  • I have had sex with a man who has sex with both men and women.
  • I have shared or am now sharing injection drug needles.
  • I have had sex with someone who has shared injection drug needles.
  • I have had sex with someone who has sex with many partners.
  • I have had sexual partners that I did not know well.
  • I have, or my sex partner has, exchanged drugs or money for sex.
  • I had blood transfusions between 1978 and March of 1985.
  • I have hemophilia (bleeder).
  • I had sex with someone who has hemophilia (bleeder).
  • I have checked one or more statements above and am pregnant or considering pregnancy.

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If I decide to be tested, how much will it cost and do you need to know my name?

Testing is FREE and we WILL NOT ask your name. The "AIDS Test," as it is often called, is not a test for AIDS. The test:
 
 
- does not tell if you have AIDS.
- does not tell if you will ever get AIDS.
- CAN tell if you have been infected with the AIDS virus.
 

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If I find out that I am HIV infected, do I have to tell my employer, family, or school of my HIV status?

No. You DO need to tell your sex or needle sharing partner(s) before having sex or sharing needles
 

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Can I tell other people if I know about someone else's HIV status?

NO! The person who talks about another person's HIV status is guilty of a misdemeanor and punishable by imprisonment of not more than 1 year or a fine of not more than $5,000 or both and is liable in a civil action for actual damages or $1,000 plus court costs and attorney fees.
 
Also, a person cannot ask about another person's HIV status without written permission from the person they are asking about.
 
Michigan law states that HIV test information and other health information may not be given to anyone else without written approval. Information will not be shared with anyone unless you say it is okay (in writing), except when the law says it is necessary to share the information with someone who needs to know. Information may be disclosed in summary, statistical, or other form, which does not directly or indirectly identify individuals.
 
If you have concerns regarding confidentiality you may contact the AIDS Legal Coalition of Michigan at (313) 964-4188.
 
The MICHIGAN AIDS HOTLINE, operated by AIDS Partnership Michigan, provide access to general AIDS information and referral to local, Michigan, and national AIDS related resources. Call one of these numbers:
 
The Michigan AIDS Hotline: 1-800-872-AIDS (2437)
 
Health Care Workers AIDS Hotline: 1-800-515-3434
 
TEENLINK Hotline (information about AIDS and STD's for teens): 1-800-750-TEEN (8336)
 
Hearing Impaired: 1-800-649-3777
 

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Health Department - STD

What are STD's?

STD stands for Sexually Transmitted Diseases, which can be passed from one person to another, usually during sex or intimate contact. STD's can cause infertility, birth defects if you are pregnant, cancer or other life-threatening illnesses.

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What are the most common STD's and what are their symptoms?

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How soon after exposure can I be tested for STD's and at what point can they be detected?

We recommend 7 – 10 days after exposure for gonorrhea and chlamydia. Others vary with each STD and individual. Call (269) 966-6363 for further questions or information.

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Are STD's treatable?

Most STD's are treatable and curable. ALL are preventable. Early treatment is the next best thing to never getting a STD. Not being treated can be fatal.
 

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What can I do to protect myself against sexually transmitted diseases?

 
  • Choosing not to have anal, oral, or vaginal sex (abstinence) is the best way to protect yourself.
  • Use condoms or other barrier methods every time you have sex.
  • Learn about STD's and how they are spread.
  • Talk to your partners about safe sex practices.
  • Limit the number of partners you have sex with. This decreases your risk of exposure.
  • Don't combine sex, drugs, and alcohol.
  • Avoid situations that may increase your risk of exposure.
  • Do not share needles or syringes for drugs. Do not share needles or inks for tattoos and/or body piercings.
  • If you have had unsafe sex - get tested!

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Can pregnant women become infected with STD's?

Yes. Women who are pregnant can become infected with the same STD's as women who are not pregnant. Because the consequences of an STD can be significantly more serious, even life-threatening, for a woman and her baby if the woman becomes infected with an STD while pregnant, it is important that women be aware of the harmful effects of STDs and know how to protect themselves and their children against infection. More information STD's and pregnancy.
 
 

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Where can I get tested?

Calhoun County Public Health Department (CCPHD)
 
190 E Michigan Avenue, Ste A100, Battle Creek, MI 49014
(269) 969-6370 Phone
 

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What are the latest CDC STD Guidelines?

2010 STD Treatment Guidelines

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Human Resources

How do I apply for a job with Calhoun County

Follow the instructions listed at the following link – Job Postings
 

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Where do I find out what jobs are available

Please view the current job postings

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Are there any tests required before employment?

Testing requirements vary depending on the specific postion for which you are applying.

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Do you keep applications and resumes on file?

An application and resume must be submitted for each specific position in which you are applying. Applications are not kept on file unless the posting specifically identifies that it is gathering a pool of candidates for future positions.

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Will I receive confirmation that my application has been received and forwarded to the hiring department?

Due to the large number of applications and resumes received by the County, you will not receive confirmation that the application was received and forwarded to the hiring department. If you are selected for an interview you will be contacted directly.

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What general employment benefits does Calhoun County offer?

Please see the employee benefit summaries at the following link - Employee Benefit Information

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Senior Millage

When was the senior millage passed?

The senior millage was initially approved by Calhoun voters in November 1996 and renewed in 2000 and 2006.  The initial levy amount was approved up to .75 mills annually.  In August 2010, the Millage levy was again strongly approved for a 10 year period at .7452 mills.

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Why was the senior milllage passed?

The senior millage was placed on the ballot by concerned citizens who felt current resources were not supporting this county's seniors appropriately. Before the millage was passed, there were seniors who were unable to get home delivered meals, respite care, or in-home assistance with daily living activities like bathing, cooking, and cleaning. Long wait lists were prominent in Calhoun County for seniors needing these services who were unable to afford them.

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Who decides where the money goes?

The Calhoun County Board of Commissioners is responsible for these dollars. To assist them in making these decisions, they have appointed eighteen citizens from Calhoun County who are responsible for recommending funding for programs that best serve the county's seniors. This Committee then monitors the vendors, programs, and their effectiveness in serving the seniors of Calhoun County through the Calhoun County Office of Senior Services whose staff is dedicated to the senior millage.

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Are the millage dollars being used in place of other dollars?

No. It is the philosophy of the millage that senior millage is designed to supply funding for the needs of Calhoun County seniors that are not being met by the resources of the individual, the senior's family, volunteers or charitable organizations, or by State or Federal funds. All vendors are under contract to use all other available funds before utilizing millage dollars.

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What vendors are involved and what services are provided?

Each year, the County has a competitive Request For Proposal process (RFP) that is open to any vendors who wish to apply for millage dollars for programs serving Calhoun County seniors sixty (60) years of age and older. Click here for a current list of services and providers or call Senior Services at 269-781-0846 or toll free 1 (877) MILLAGE (1-877-645-5243) for a copy of the current brochure which lists all programs, the agencies that provide the programs, and the phone numbers to call.

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How are vendors held accountable?

Vendors report monthly to the Office of Senior Services on the number of service units provided along with the geographic locations of the seniors served. The vendors also provide quarterly demographic reports which include the age, income, and ethnicity of the seniors being served in each program. Information is reviewed on a monthly basis by the Office of Senior Services and the Senior Millage Allocation Committee.
 
Every year, the Office of Senior Services conducts a program and fiscal assessment of the millage vendors. This assessment reviews the costs being charged to the millage and back-up documentation is requested for some of these costs. The actual cost of service is also compared to the reimbursed cost. Vendors are only compensated for actual allowable costs that are specifically related to their millage contracted services. Vendors must provide reasons and corrective action plans for any significant differences in their actual units and costs compared to their budgets. The assessment also samples the clients being served to ensure that only Calhoun County seniors are being provided these services. All assessment findings are reviewed by the Senior Millage Allocation Committee and provided to the Calhoun County Board of Commissioners.

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How do I know I am eligible for services?

All programs require seniors to be sixty (60) years of age and older and reside in Calhoun County. Some programs have income eligibility requirements. Other programs require assessments such as case management/in-home services, home delivered meals, and hospice respite care. Guardianship requires a court order. If there is a program you are interested in, you should contact the agency that provides the program. A complete listing of these services can be obtained by calling Senior Services at (269) 781-0846 or toll free at 1-877-645-5243 or by clicking here.

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Who do I call if I have more questions or would like additional information?

The Calhoun County Office of Senior Services has staff that specializes in the senior millage. Please contact these professionals at (269) 781-0846 or toll free at 1-877-MILLAGE (1-877-645-5243) to answer any questions you may have regarding the senior millage and the services it offers.

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Water Resources Commissioner

What is a county drain?

A county drain may be an open ditch, stream or underground pipe, retention pond or swale that conveys storm water.  These drains become designated county drains through a petition process.  Either property owners or a local municipality can petition the Water Resources Commissoner to establish a county drain.

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When do I call the Water Resources Commissioner's Office?

Flooding?
 
The Water Resources Commissioner and his staff respond to flooding situations involving designated county drains.
 
Public Information?
 
Public Act 222 of 2001 states: If you experience an overflow or backup of a storm water sytem, you must file a written claim with the Calhoun County Water Resources Commissioner's Office within 45 days the overflow or backup was discovered.  Notice should be mailed to:
 
Christine Kosmowski
Calhoun County Water Resources Commissioner
315 W. Green Street
Marshall, MI 49068
 
Failure to provide the required notice will prevent recovery of damages.  Contact the Calhoun County Water Resources Commissioner's Office at (269) 781-0790 immediately upon discovery of an overflow or backup.
 
Maintenance?
 
If you have any maintenance issues regarding a county drain contact the Water Resources Commissioner's Office at (269) 781-0790 or by e-mail. You may also contact our Drain Inspector/Coordinator at (269) 781-0791 or by e-mail. Please be sure to indicate exact location of problem, your name and a telephone number at which you can be reached.
 
Drain Easements?
 
Easements are granted to the Water Resources Commissioner along all designated county drains for the purpose of allowing access to operate, maintain or repair the drain. Property owners retain ownership, but are restricted from building permanent structures that may impede drain maintenance within the easement area. This includes, but is not limited to, swimming pools, sheds, garages, patios, decks, fences or any landscaping feature that may interfere with drainage. Drainage swales may not be filled in. Easement width varies from drain to drain depending on the drain size and type. Some are of an unspecified width or sufficient ground on either side of the centerline of the drain.
 
Easements obtained prior to 1956 were not required by law to be recorded with the County Register of Deeds Office and are considered properly recorded if they are on file in the County Water Resources Commissioner's Office. Easements obtained after 1956 are required to be recorded at the County Register of Deeds Office and are also on file at the County Water Resources Commissioner's Office. It is important to check with both offices to determine if a drainage easement exists on your property.

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What is a Water Resources Commissioner?

Many people wonder what is a Water Resources Commissioner, and what do they do? The Water Resources Commissioner is elected to office every four years. He/she should not be confused with county commissioners, which are elected every two years, and their job is to run the county government. Also a Water Resources Commissioner should not be confused with a Road Commissioner, which is appointed by the County Board of Commissioners for a six year term and whose job is to construct and maintain Calhoun County's roads, bridges, and culverts within their right-of-ways.
 
A Water Resources Commissioner should be a taxpayer and an organizer; an engineer, a lawyer, a farmer, an excavator, a wetland specialist, a biologist, have a degree in math, psychology, and hydrology. He or she should also be a watershed manager, be able to understand the DEQ and DNR and work with them, must love animals and protect their environment, but at the same time be able to do the job of Water Resources Commissioner which is to provide drainage to property owners within the drainage district. A Water Resources Commissioner must be able to get the best work with the least amount of taxpayer's money. They need to be a marriage counselor, a mediator, a good listener, and be able to give the effort to solve all kinds of problems. He/she needs common sense, be understanding of not assessing too much, but willing to assess to get the work done that is needed. The Water Resources Commissioner must be in good physical health to inspect drains in all types of weather. He/she must be able to communicate with people of all races and economic levels in society, and must be able to work with anybody and take criticism. A good sense of humor helps and he/she must always remember who is paying their salary.
 
A Water Resources Commissioner does not clean house drains, although we have been asked to do so. Septic tanks and sewage systems are the responsibility of the Health Department and the landowners.

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Who do I call for a pond permit?

Department of Environmental Quality Wetlands Division (DEQ) - 269-567-3500

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Witness Unit

Why am I a witness? I didn't see the crime occur.

Witnesses are not limited to "eye witnesses." You may not have seen or heard the crime happen, but may  still know something about it. You may also know something about a piece of evidence, something about someone involved in the case, or something that contradicts another person’s testimony.
 
You may not think that what you know about the case is very significant; however, small pieces of information are often required to determine what really happened. If you wonder "why" you are testifying in a particular case, ask the Assistant Prosecutor handling it (or one of our Witness Coordinators); there is probably a common-sense reason.
 
Your presence and willingness to testify may be the deciding factor in determining what will be done in the case. Many defendants hope that you or other witnesses will not show up. Your mere presence at the Courthouse before the trial may cause the defendant to plead guilty.

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What if someone threatens me?

Concerns about your well-being and safety after being victimized or witnessing a crime are normal. If you have any fears or receive any threats concerning your involvement in a case, you should immediately contact the law enforcement agency that investigated the case, or the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office. In an emergency situation, call 911. Do so as soon as possible so that the threats can be documented and appropriate action taken. There are laws to protect you against people who attempt to bribe, intimidate, threaten, or harass you.

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What if the defense attorney contacts me?

In representing a client, a defense attorney may contact you and want to talk to you about the case. Keep in mind that you do not have to talk to anyone about the crime, including the defense attorney or their investigator prior to testifying in court. If you choose to do so, always request proper identification and an explanation of the purpose of the interview. Afterward, please inform the Assistant Prosecutor handling the case. If you have any concerns about talking with a defense attorney or their investigator, you are encouraged to contact the Assistant Prosecutor in charge of your case and to have him/her with you at the time of the interview.

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Do I have to testify in front of the defendant?

The defendant must be present in court to hear what all the witnesses say about him.  The lawyer for the defendant is called the defense attorney and will ask you questions after the Assistant Prosecuting Attorney does.

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Who will be with me in court?

You may bring friends or relatives with you to court, and they can probably sit in the courtroom while you testify, unless they are also witnesses. (Witnesses testify one at a time and generally wait outside the courtroom for their turn. This is called "sequestration"). One of our Victim Advocates may also be with you, if you request.

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How long will I be in court?

Your court room time, while actually testifying, may not take long; it depends upon many factors. Most of the time you will just be waiting for your turn to testify. You and your family and friends are encouraged to bring a book or magazine to read while you wait.

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How many times will I have to appear in court?

No one can tell in advance how many times or how long you will have to be in court. The process of justice takes time. The number of times you may be called to appear in court and the delays you may encounter are the result of many factors, including pre-trial motions or other scheduled events with your case, or congestion on the judge’s court calendar.
 
In general, your first and only appearance for misdemeanor offenses will be for the actual trial. In a felony case, the first time you appear as a witness may be for the preliminary examination. On rare occasions, pre-trial motions by the defense attorney or by the prosecuting attorney may require additional hearings before the trial begins, which may require witness testimony.
 

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What if my employer won't let me come to court?

If you are lawfully subpoenaed to court, an employer cannot prevent court attendance. When appropriate, our Witness Unit will contact your employer to discuss the importance of your role as a witness. We can also provide you with a note, on our letterhead, confirming the days/hours when you were in court.
 

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How do I contact the Witness and/or Victim Unit?

Our Witness Unit can be contacted at (269) 969-6947 or (800) 254-9361.  
Our Victim Unit's number is (269) 969-6944

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Can I get witness fees whether or not I attend on the date(s) stated in the subpoena? What if I can't attend on the date stated in the subpoena?

Whether a witness receives any witness fee is within the discretion of the court. A court can order that you receive witness fees ($6 per morning or afternoon court session that you are ordered to attend), plus mileage ($0.10 per mile, round trip). If you have a date conflict, you should contact our Witness Unit immediately to discuss your conflict. In some cases, the Prosecuting Attorney handling the case can put you "on call" (so that you can go to work or school on the day you are subpoenaed, and you will be called at a pre-arranged phone number an hour or so before you are needed in court). Witnesses receive witness fees and mileage only when they appear in court at the scheduled time. You will not receive a witness fee or mileage if your case (or your individual appearance) was "called off" or if you do not appear.

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How do I know if my case has been "called off"?

Call our Witness Hotline at (269) 969-6947 anytime, but especially the night before you are supposed to appear.

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I was subpoenaed by the defendant, not the prosecutor. Does this change anything?

Our Witness Unit helps the witnesses that the Prosecutor's Office subpoenas to court, not witnesses whom the defendant subpoenas.

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What if I need an interpreter?

Foreign language interpreters and interpreters for the hearing and/or speech impaired are available. If you are in need of interpreting services while in attendance at court, contact the Victim/Witness Unit
as soon as possible.

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WIC

If someone is working, can they apply for WIC?

Yes, WIC looks at income, not whether or not someone is working.

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Can someone be on WIC and food stamps at the same time?

Yes.

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If someone is no longer eligible for food stamps, are they eligible for WIC?

Yes, they may possibly still be income eligible.

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Can someone be on both WIC and the Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)?

No, an individual may not be on both programs at the same time.  Although, a family may have some family members on WIC and others on Commodity Supplemental Food Program.

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Do I need a scheduled appointment to enroll in WIC?

The Battle Creek WIC Office allows pregnant women and new moms and babies to come in every Thursday between 8:30 - 10 AM and 1 - 3 PM for open enrollment.  All other days and sites offer enrollment by appointment.

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Do I have to come into the WIC Office to complete my nutrition education between enrollment periods?

Not necessarily.  You may qualify to complete your nutrition education online at wichealth.org and then call the office to get more benefits remotely added to your card without coming in.

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