Contact Information

The Berrien County Friend of the Court is open to the public Monday thru Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  An appointment is not required.  

There are employees in three main departments who work on your case.  Your case has a Domestic Investigator, Enforcement Officer and Account Clerk.  These are the three people you are most likely to speak with.

Domestic Investigator: This worker will assist you with questions and concerns about custody, parenting time, co-parenting, where the child lives, medical insurance and some child support issues.

  1. Tracie Berghaus

    Domestic Investigator
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8338

    For Judge Hosbein
    Last Names A-K


  1. Jill Cardenas

    Domestic Investigator
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8014

    For Judge Mayfield
    Last Names A-K


  1. Kirstin Howell

    Domestic Investigator
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8010

    For Judge Berger
    Last Names L-Z


  1. Jessica Ramirez

    Domestic Investigator
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8343

    For Judge Mayfield
    Last Names L-Z


  1. Kelly Milnickel

    Supervisor
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8113

Enforcement Officer: This worker will assist in enforcing child support once it is ordered.  They will help the payer with questions about income withholding orders, employer questions, etc.  They will assist the payee with enforcement if payments are not being made regularly.

  1. Debbie Weithers

    Supervisor
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8256

  1. Mary Beth Janisse

    Assistant Supervisor
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8460

  1. Misty Clark

    Enforcement
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8472

    Last Names G, M, T


  1. Carl Deland

    Enforcement
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8112

    Last Names H, J


  1. Mike Dinley

    Enforcement
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8459

    Last Names F, K, L, S


  1. Morgan Hyun

    Enforcement
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8114

    Last Names I, R, U-Z


  1. Michael Tees

    Enforcement
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8463

    Last Names A, B, E, N


  1. Juston Young

    Enforcement
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8237

    Last Names C, D, O, P, Q


Account Clerk: This worker puts orders on the Michigan Child Support Enforcement System (MiCSES).  They audit your financial account and make updates to your demographic and financial record.

  1. Irma Johnson

    Assistant Supervisor
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8271

  1. Lisa Haygood

    Intergov Specialist
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8015

  1. Alicia Garrelts

    Accounting
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8455

    Last Names E, I, O


  1. Hannah Krueger

    Accounting
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8345

    Last Names C, M, N


  1. Dave Lulenski

    Accounting
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8425

    Last Names A, D, H, K, S


  1. Liz Watson

    Accounting
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8423

    Last Names B, P, Q, R, T-Z


  1. Riderra Wright

    Accounting
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8310

    Last Names F, G, J, L


Review and Modification Officer: These workers gather information to prepare child support recommendations for hearings involving child support only and for statutory reviews of child support.  You have the right to a review every three years and you may file a motion if a change has occurred in your income that you believe will warrant a modification to your existing Order.

  1. Alisha Gair

    Review/Modification
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8334

    Last Names N, O, P, Q, R, S, U-Z


  1. Katrina Guidry

    Review/Modification
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8116

    Last Names E, F, G, J, K, L, M, T


  1. Carla Simmons

    Review/Modification
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8016

    Last Names A, B, C, D, H, I


  1. Kelly Milnickel

    Supervisor
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8113

  1. Lisa Jardine

    Director of Friend of the Court
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8286

  1. Carissa Grimm

    Deputy Director
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8387

  1. Heather Castonguay

    Admin Assistant / ADR
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 8335

  1. Rosie Brock

    Investigator
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 4315

  1. Whitney Hadanek

    Staff Attorney
    Phone: 269-983-7111, ext. 4317