Location Information

28th Circuit Court
Family Division

437 E. Division St., Cadillac, MI 49601

Phone: (Divorce and related matters) (231) 779-9490
Phone: (Juvenile matters)
(231) 779-9511
Fax: (231) 779-9485

Hours: Monday – Friday
8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.



Family Court

     The Family Division of the Circuit Courts in Michigan was created by legislation enacted in 1998. The purpose of this legislation was to bring all legal matters which deal with families into one Court in the hope that a single presiding judge would have more knowledge about the family in litigation and more consistent and comprehensive results would be realized in cases dealing with family disputes. The Family Division of the Circuit Court is therefore often referred to as the “Family Court”. Under the approved plan in the 28th Circuit, all of the following types of cases are assigned to the Presiding Judge of the Family Division

Family Division:

  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • Paternity
  • Child Support and Parenting Time
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Child Neglect and Abuse
  • Adoption
  • Emancipation of Minors
  • Change of Name
  • Personal Protection Orders in Families with Children

The Family Division of the Circuit Court in Wexford County has regular office hours from 8:30 am to 5:00 pm daily. The Court is closed on holidays designated by the Michigan Supreme Court, which are New Year’s Day, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, President’s Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Veteran’s Day, Thanksgiving Day, Friday after Thanksgiving, Christmas Eve, Christmas Day, and New Year’s Eve

Court Staff

Hon. William M. Fagerman

Chief Circuit Court Judge

Hon. Edward D. Van Alst

Presiding Judge, Family Division

Katherine R. Gurumurthy

Juvenile Court Administrator (Juvenile matters)

Flora A. Grundy

Circuit Court Administrator (Divorce, related matters)

Randy Adlam

Wexford County Juvenile Officer

Jennifer L. Sackett

Deputy Juvenile Officer / Probation Officer

Theresa Ladd

Bookkeeper / Financial Officer*

Nicole Sidebottom

Deputy Clerk*

*Shared duties with the Probate Court