Honorable Patrick J. McGraw
Presiding Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit Court Family Division
111 S. Michigan Avenue
Saginaw, MI 48602
Honorable Faye M. Harrison,
Chief Judge Pro Tem, Probate Court
Judge of the Family Division,
3360 Hospital Road,
Saginaw, MI 48603
Brief History Overview
In 1996 the Family Division of the Circuit Court was created. Its effective date was January 1, 1998. At that time the Probate Court, who had concurrent jurisdiction with the 10th Judicial Circuit Court, was assigned all newly filed paternity, support, URESCA and Personal Protection Order cases.
The Family Division of the Circuit Court – Juvenile Division, is located on Hospital Road in Saginaw Township. Matters in the Family Division of the Circuit Court Juvenile Division are handled by the Honorable Faye M. Harrison. The Juvenile Division of the Saginaw County Circuit Court Family Division now handles matters previously handled by the Probate Court which consists of the juvenile delinquency, parental waivers, neglect and abuse issues, and adoption proceedings. All of Saginaw County Circuit Court Judges were transferred into the Family Division of the 10th Judicial Circuit Court.
The Probate Court docket is dedicated to Family Court matters on Mondays, Thursdays and Fridays. Mondays are scheduled for paternity, support, parenting time, defaults and de novo hearings; Thursday and Friday are scheduled for personal protection orders and trial days for custody matters. Fridays are also used for other trials.
Violators of personal protection orders are arraigned and tried throughout the week.
The Court’s docket may change at times during the year to handle other matters such as criminal and civil jury trials when necessary to expedite the docket of all the courts.
Scheduling of Family Court matters is handled by the Saginaw County 10th Judicial Circuit Court Clerk at (989) 790-5470 or (989) 790-5325.