File Transfer Procedure
Transfer of a case to another county must be pursuant to MCR 3.212
- A file cannot be transferred unless
both parties have lived outside of St. Clair County for at least six months.
- A file cannot be transferred to
an adjoining county (Macomb, Lapeer or Sanilac).
The Motion/Stipulation for Transferring Case
(form FOC 24 6/98) must be used for cases stipulating to a transfer AND for those without
consent. A motion fee must be paid ONLY if there is no consent and a motion is filed
with County Clerk requiring a referee hearing.
If there is no stipulation, a Motion to transfer MUST
be filed ($20 motion fee to be paid) and a referee hearing scheduled.
ALL FEES MUST BE PAID PRIOR TO TRANSFER BY THE PARTY REQUESTING THE TRANSFER
UNLESS OTHER ARRANGEMENTS ARE MADE. This includes service fees, shipping and transfer
Transfer fee per statute is $230 for DM (Divorce with Minor Children) cases and
$150 for DO (no children) cases. The fee to transfer a DC (Custody) case or a DS (Non-Support)
or DP (Paternity) case originally filed by an attorney is $230. If the DS or DP case was
initiated by the State – (DHS) there is no charge for a transfer. The transfer
fee is payable to the County Clerk of the county that the case is being transferred
to. If transfer is initiated by the St. Clair County Friend of the Court, there are no transfer
In addition, a $10.00 file shipping fee must be paid to transfer the file. This
fee must be paid in cash to St. Clair County Friend of Court.
Service fees must be paid before the file is transferred.
Once a determination is made that the case can be transferred and all Friend of
Court fees are paid, a proposed
Order Changing Venue and Transferring Case must be completed. The Friend
of Court office must complete the Certificate of Arrearage in section one of the
Once the order has been signed, the $10.00 shipping fee has been received, &
the County Clerk’s office at the receiving county has obtained their fee (if applicable),
the file will be sent.