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Macomb County

Judge Rachel Rancilio


Judge Rachel Rancilio was elected to the Circuit Court bench on November 8th, 2016. Judge Rachel Rancilio was a partner in the law firm of Fischer, Garon, Hoyumpa & Rancilio in Mt. Clemens. For fourteen years she specialized in complex domestic, civil and criminal litigation, serving as attorney-of-record in more than two hundred cases before the Macomb circuit bench. Rachel, while playing Division 1 Softball, attended the University of Detroit Mercy on an academic scholarship and was a member of Wayne State University Law School’s Law Review.  She enjoys spending time with her two children.



16th Judicial Circuit Court
Macomb County Courthouse
40 N. Main St, 3rd Floor
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
Telephone: (586) 493-6748







Amy Shaw

(586) 493-6748


Nicole Buffa-Sylvester

(586) 469-5245

Court Reporter

Video Courtroom (Rebecca Russell)

(586) 469-5047

Court Officer

Deputy Chris Kohlmeyer

(586) 469-2086



Day/Time: Monday, 8:30 am for Attorney's and 1:30 pm for In Pro Per's (Self-Representing)

Check-In Procedure: Check in with court clerk

Brief Required: Only when specifically requested by Judge or Referee

Motions heard other than regular motion day: to be scheduled with Secretary/Clerk

Motion Adjournments: Contact Clerk prior to motion day

Additional Comments: Copies of motions, briefs and answers must be delivered directly to the Judge's office, prior to hearing, as required by MCR 2.119(A)(2)


Taking of Pro Confesso Judgments / Consent Judgments: Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday at 8:30 am, Hearing date provided by Secretary, Request for hearing required for date and time

E-Filing cases: Must bring Original Judgment of Divorce with original signatures and copies to be trued on the date of hearing.  A Judge's copy of Motions and Praecipe/Request for Hearing on a Motion must be delivered directly to the Judge's office

Policy of Waiving Statutory Six-Month Waiting Period: Yes, when reconciliation is not possible and is in the best interest of the minor child(ren)

Friend of the Court Recommendation Required for: 

  • Spousal Support: No
  • Custody: No
  • Child Support: YES
  • Parenting Time: No

Utilization of Psychodiagnostics & Family Services Clinic Policy: Custody and parenting time disputes

Policy on Case Evaluation: Mediation and Facilitation are encouraged

  • General Panel: No
  • Single-persona panel: Yes


PPO Hearings: Wednesday at 10:00 am - contact Clerk/Secretary


Name Changes: Tuesday at 9:30 am, minor child(ren) do not have to be present at hearing


Thursday at 8:30 am - contact Secretary for date (clients do not need to be present)


Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday at 9:30 am - to be scheduled with Secretary (clients do not need to be present)