The Family Division of the Circuit Court was implemented on January 1, 1998, pursuant to statue. Probate Judges Economy and Garcia and Circuit Judges Baird and Lawless are permanently assigned to the Family Division.
Due to the commitment of the Family Court to the principle of "One Family, One Judge" it is particularly important to indicate on any new domestic family division filing whether or not there has been a previous case involving the family, or previous assignment to a specific Judge.
A family is identified in Ingham County Circuit Court using Mom as the stem identity. Ingham County Circuiut Court requests a party information form be completed to assist the Clerk's Office in compliance with the "One Family, On Judge" principle.