Though not posted on its website, Kent County Circuit Court adopted an administrative order “opting in” anyone who tries direct pay without “opting out.” The order reads:
IN RE: INTERPRETATION OF UNIFORM ADMINISTRATIVE POLICY:
CHILD SUPPORT ORDERED/NO. 2006-01
FOC SERVICES WHEN NO ORDER EXEMPTING CASE FROM FOC SERVICES IS ENTERED
At a session of said Court, held in the Kent County Courthouse
in the City of Grand Rapids, in said County on March 28, 2006
Present: HON. PAUL J. SULLIVAN
Chief Circuit Judge
WHEREAS, MCL 552.505a provides that the parties to a case may petition the Court for an order exempting the case from Friend of the Court services.
FURTHER, orders entitled Uniform Child Support/No Friend of the Court Services (FOC 10a/52a) are being entered without an underlying order exempting the case from Friend of the Court services.
IT IS HEREBY ORDERED, upon receipt of a Uniform Child Support Order/No Friend of the Court Services, the Friend of the Court shall process the order to be paid through the Friend of the Court (income withholding authorized) if no order exempting the case from Friend of the Court services has been entered.
/s/Paul J. Sullivan, Chief Circuit Judge