Kalamaoo County

Ninth Judicial Circuit Court

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Can I make payments for fines, restitution and court costs at the Gull Road Justice Complex?

A. Yes, payments may be made at either the Gull Road Justice Complex or the Michigan Avenue Courthouse. The court will accept Discover, Visa and MasterCard credit cards with driver's license or state identification card.

Q. Where do I go to file for divorce?

A. Gull Road Justice Complex, 1536 Gull Road, Kalamazoo.
If you are not seeking the counsel of an attorney, you must obtain your own forms and complete your own documents; and then file your documents with the court. See additional information on the "Self Representation" page on this web site.

Q. Where will my divorce proceedings be heard?

A. Most divorce proceedings do not require trials, however there may be some details that occur at court. Divorce proceedings are heard by a Family Division Judge at the Gull Road Justice Complex. However, if the assigned judge is unavailable, the proceeding may be heard by a Trial Division judge at the Michigan Avenue Courthouse. Read notices thoroughly for location, date and time of hearing. If there are changes from the original notice of hearing, you will be advised.

Q. If I want to file a change of custody petition for my children in a few years, will the same judge handle that case as well?

A. If the divorce case was assigned to one of the judges currently in the Trial Division, it will be reassigned to a judge in the Family Division. If the divorce case was assigned to a Family Division judge, it will remain with that judge. However, if the assigned judge is unavailable to hear a scheduled proceeding, it may be heard by another available judge.

Q. How do I obtain a Personal Protection Order (PPO)?

A. Contact the PPO Coordinator at the Michigan Avenue Courthouse, 227 W. Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo. The Coordinator will conduct an interview and provide direction for the process. PPO hearings can be heard at both courthouses. Read notices thoroughly for location, date and time of hearing.

Q. I want to change my name. Where do I go to do that?

A. Petition may be filed at the Circuit Court Family Division, 1536 Gull Road, Kalamazoo. 269-385-6041

Q. Where are delinquency hearings and abuse and child protective proceedings heard?

A. These proceedings are heard at the Gull Road Justice Complex.

Q. What if I don't like the Referee's decision in a delinquency or child protective matter?

A. The Michigan Rules of Court give a party the opportunity to request review of a referee's recommendation if the request is made in writing, states the grounds for review, is filed with the court within seven days after the conclusion of the inquiry or hearing or within seven days after the issuance of the referee's written recommendations, whichever is later, and is served on the interested parties by the person requesting review at the time of filing the request for review with the court. A proof of service must be filed.

Q. I just married and my new spouse has a child from a former relationship that I would like to adopt. Where do I file for adoption in a case like that?

A. Petition may be filed at the Circuit Court Family Division, 1536 Gull Road, Kalamazoo. 269-385-6041

Q. May I look at court files?

A. Files may be reviewed in the Clerk's Office with the assistance of the court clerk, unless access is restricted by statute, court rule or order entered by the court. Circuit Court case files may not be removed from the Courthouse. Contact the Clerk's Office at (269)383-8837 for specific case file location and availability.

Circuit Court case files may not be removed from the Courthouse.