Friend of the Court

Alger County  Friend of the Court
11th Judicial Circuit, 101 Court Street
Munising, Michigan 49862


Overall administrative responsibility for the operations of the court and its employees rests with the Chief Judge and under the direction of the State Court Administrator's office and the Michigan Supreme Court.

Chief Judge:
The Honorable William W. Carmody

Family Court Judge:
The Honorable Charles C. Nebel

Friend of the Court:
Bruce Cranham

Deputy Friend of the Court:
Amy Richmond

Child Support Enforcement Officer:
Kelly Knuttila

Payment Information

Do not call the Friend of the Court office for payment information.

To check the status of child support payments and other case information, please call the Interactive Voice Response (IVR) phone system at (877) 543-2660 for current account information 24 hours a day.

Some Information available on the IVR system:

  • Last Payment and Balance
  • Last 3 Payments and Balance
  • Show Cause Hearing Info 
  • Bench Warrant Info
  • Income Withholding Info

Making a Payment

Cash, money orders and cashier's checks can be paid at the local Friend of the Court office. For more information regarding other types of payments, disbursement, forms and frequently asked questions, visit the Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU) website at

Office Hours: Mon-Fri
8:00 am - 4:00 pm
Phone: (906) 387-4636
Fax: (906) 387-5769

Other Links

Friend of the Court Duties
Friend of the Court Bureau   - provides a host of information such as brochures, Custody Guideline, Frequently Asked Questions and the Michigan Child Support Formula.
MI Family Support Council Public Website
FOC Related Court Forms
MI State Court Administrative Office (SCAO)
Michigan Department of Human Services