(DICKINSON, IRON,MENOMINEE COUNTIES, MI.)– Friend of the Court offices in Dickinson, Iron, and Menominee counties will hold their 2nd Amnesty Event in which individuals can come in to discuss their child support cases without fear of being arrested. The event will run from Monday, December 11th through Friday, December 15th. Dickinson and Iron County Friend of the Court, Heidi Van Slooten’s offices are located at 300 East D Street in Iron Mountain and 2 South Sixth Street in Crystal Falls, and Menominee County Friend of the Court, Jodie Barrette’s office is located at 839 Tenth Avenue in Menominee. During the Amnesty Event, anyone who is a payer in a child support case can meet with a Friend of the Court representative to determine if they are eligible for review, reduction of arrearages, or lowering monthly charges. They can ask questions and work toward getting their cases aligned with their circumstances and needs. Even if an individual currently has a Friend of the Court bench warrant, he or she will not be arrested during this week-long event. Representatives from each of the Friend of the Court offices will be able to assist individuals in addressing outstanding bench warrants. Van Slooten said that child support felony cases and felony warrants are not included in the event, but we anticipate making significant progress with other cases. Barrette added that each office had positive results previously and they look forward to another successful event. The event has the support of the 41st Circuit Court Judges Mary B. Barglind, Richard J. Celello, Dickinson County Probate Court Judge Thomas D. Slagle, Iron County Trial Court Judge C. Joseph Schwedler, and Menominee County Probate Court Judge Daniel E. Hass.
(Aaron Harper, WJNR,WOBE,WHTO)