Rule 3.203 Service of Notice and Court Papers in Domestic Relations Cases

(A) Manner of Service. Unless otherwise required by court rule or statute, the summons and complaint must be served pursuant to MCR 2.105. In cases in which the court retains jurisdiction

(1) notice must be provided as set forth in the statute requiring the notice. Unless otherwise required by court rule or statute, service by mail shall be to a party's last known mailing address, and

(2) court papers and notice for which the statute or court rule does not specify the manner of service must be served as provided in MCR 2.107, except that service by mail shall be to a party's last known mailing address.

(B) Place of Service; After Entry of Judgment or Order. When a domestic relations judgment or order requires the parties to inform the friend of the court office of any changes in their mailing address, a party's last known mailing address means the most recent address

(1) that the party provided in writing to the friend of the court office, or

(2) set forth in the most recent judgment or order entered in the case, or

(3) the address established by the friend of the court office pursuant to subrule (D).

(C) Place of Service; Before Entry of Judgment or Order. After a summons and complaint has been filed and served on a party, but before entry of a judgment or order that requires the parties to inform the friend of the court of any changes in their mailing address, the last known mailing address is the most recent address

(1) set forth in the pleadings, or

(2) that a party provides in writing to the friend of the court office.

(D) Administrative Change of Address. The friend of the court office shall change a party's address administratively pursuant to the policy established by the state court administrator for that purpose when:

(1) a party’s address changes in another friend of the court office pursuant to these rules, or

(2) notices and court papers are returned to the friend of the court office as undeliverable.

(E) Service on Nonparties. Notice to a nonparty must be provided as set forth in the statute requiring the notice. Absent statutory direction, the notice may be provided by regular mail. Absent statutory direction, court papers initiating an action against nonparties to enforce a notice must be served in the same manner as a summons and complaint pursuant to MCR 2.105.

(F) Confidential Addresses. When a court order makes a party's address confidential, the party shall provide an alternative address for service of notice and court papers.

(G) Notice to Friend of the Court. If a child of the parties or a child born during the marriage is under the age of 18, or if a party is pregnant, or if child support or spousal support is requested, the parties must provide the friend of the court with a copy of all pleadings and other papers filed in the action. The copy must be marked “friend of the court” and submitted to the court clerk at the time of filing. The court clerk must send the copy to the friend of the court.

(H) Notice to Prosecuting Attorney. In an action for divorce or separate maintenance in which a child of the parties or a child born during the marriage is under the age of 18, or if a party is pregnant, the plaintiff must serve a copy of the summons and complaint on the prosecuting attorney when required by law. Service must be made at the time of filling by providing the court clerk with an additional copy marked “prosecuting attorney”. The court clerk must send the copy to the prosecuting attorney.

(I) Service of Informational Pamphlet. If a child of the parties or a child born during the marriage is under the age of 18, or if a party is pregnant, or if child support or spousal support is requested, the plaintiff must serve with the complaint a copy of the friend of the court informational pamphlet required by MCL 552.505(a). The proof of service must state that service of the informational pamphlet has been made.