October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month
The color purple has long been associated with the fight to end domestic violence, most commonly seen in purple ribbons, such as thonse you may have seen on local trees. Family Court is wearing purple to help bring awareness to this serious issue.
1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will be the victim of domestic violence in their lifetime.
A women in the US is assaulted or beaten every 9 seconds.
Domestic violence is the leading cause of injury to women: these injuries are more than car accidents, muggints, and sexual assaults combined.
Approximately half of all women and men will experience psychological aggression from an intimate partner in their lifetime.
If you or someone you know has questions about domestic violence, or needs help or resources, please contact:
Sylvia's Place: 1-888-411-7837 (24 hour service)
Center for Women in Transition: 1-800-848-5991 (24 hour service)
Any contact with these agencies is free of charge.
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.
The Court will be closed on the following holidays:
New Year's Day
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Day After Thanksgiving
Christmas Eve Day
New Year's Eve