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February is Teen Dating Violence Awareness Month


Did you know?

  • Every year, approximately 1.5 million high school students nationwide experience physical abuse from a dating partner

  • 3 in 4 parents have never talked to their children about domestic violence

What is teen dating violence?

Teen dating violence is defined as a pattern of abuse or threat of abuse against teenaged dating partners.  It can occur in different forms, including verbal, emotional, physical, sexual, or digital abuse.  Teen dating violence occurs across diverse groups and cultures.  Although the dynamics of teen dating violence are similar to adult domestic violence, the forms and experience of teen dating violence, as wlel as the challenges in seeking and providing services, make the problem of teen dating violence unique.

Signs of teen dating violence

  • Excessive jealousy or insecurity
  • Invasions of your privacy
  • Unexpected bouts of anger or rage
  • Unusual moodiness
  • Pressuring a partner into unwanted sexual activity
  • Blaming you for problems in the relationship and not taking any responsibility for the same
  • Controlling tendencies
  • Explosive temper
  • Preventing you from going out with or talking with other people
  • Constantly monitoring your whereabouts and checking in to see what you are doing and who you are with
  • Falsely accusing you of things
  • Vandalizing or ruining your personal property
  • Taunting or bullying
  • Threatening or causing physical violence 

What can you do to help?

If you are a parent, talk to your teens about the warning signs of teen dating violence and encourage them to seek help if they experience this type of violence.

If you are a young person and have experienced teen dating violence or know someone who has, please tell a trusted adult or contact law enforcement to report this abuse.


For more information please visit:

Teen Dating Violence at

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence at

Welcome to the Family Division

Welcome to the 48th Circuit Court Family Division.  The Family Division of the Circuit Court (Family Court) was created by Public Act 388 of 1996 (MCL 600.1001), which transferred jurisdiction over matters involving juveniles from the Probate Court to the Circuit Court.  The Family Court operates under the cooperation of both probate and circuit judges.  Family Court jurisdiction is granted pursuant to MCL 712A.2 over proceedings involving juvenile delinquency and child protection.  In Allegan County, the presiding judge of the Family Court is the Honorable Michael L. Buck.


The Family Court is located on the lower level of the Allegan County Courthouse, 113 Chestnut St., Allegan, Michigan 49010.  For directions to the Family Court, please click here.


The Family Court is open Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.  You may contact the Family Court Clerk's Office by telephone at (269) 673-0534 or by fax at (269) 673-0466.

Court Holidays

The Court will be closed on the following holidays:

New Year's Day

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

President's Day

Memorial Day

Independence Day

Labor Day

Columbus Day

Veterans Day

Thanksgiving Day

Day After Thanksgiving

Christmas Eve Day

Christmas Day

New Year's Eve


 Quick Links

Youth Home Area Map.aspx
Youth Home Directions.aspx
Application to Set Aside Juvenile Adjudication (With Instructions).pdf
Affidavit of Parentage.pdf
Financial Statement.pdf
Request and Order for a Court Appointed Attorney.pdf
Request and Order for Review of Referee Recommendation.pdf
Request for Transcript.pdf
Family Court Plan.pdf