Honorable Teri Lynn Dennings
Judge Teri Lynn Dennings was appointed by Governor Whitmer in December 2021 and elected in November 2022. Her experience includes over 15 years representing individuals, corporations, labor unions, and government in civil litigation and administrative law. She has also taught as an adjunct professor at Eastern Michigan University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Michigan Law School.
Judge Dennings is a member of various professional and civic organizations. Shortly after joining the bench, she was recognized as a Top Circuit Court Judge by DBusiness Magazine and a Woman of Excellence by the Michigan Chronicle.
Judge Dennings strives to have a courtroom that encompasses preparation, impartiality, and respect.
Judge Dennings is a graduate of Eastern Michigan University (B.S.) and Wayne State University Law School (J.D.).
Macomb County Court Building
40 N. Main St, 3rd Floor
Mt. Clemens, MI 48043
|Secretary||Vera Shouneyia||(586) 469-5135|
|Clerk||Danielle Groppi||(586) 469-2573|
|Court Reporter||Video Courtroom (Rebecca Russell)||firstname.lastname@example.org|
|Court Officer||Deputy Anthony Allegrina||(586) 469-5709|
The moving party (the party requesting the hearing) must provide a current email address to the court
for themselves and opposing party/parties so that Judge's staff may send out Zoom notices. If no email
address is available the moving party will be responsible for serving the Zoom notices.
SCHEDULING DAYS & TIMES
Please provide a "Judge's Copy" of all Motion and Responsive Pleadings and Trial Briefs if the
brief and combined exhibits exceed 20 pages. Copies of motion, briefs and answers must be
delivered directly to the Judge’s office, prior to hearing, as required by MCR 2.119(A)(2).
Day/Time: Monday, 9:00 a.m. via Zoom and 1:30 p.m. via Zoom
Brief Required: Yes
Motions Heard Other Than Regular Motion Days: To be scheduled with clerk / secretary
Motion Adjournments: Must be done with clerk prior to motion day
Taking of Pro Confesso Judgments / Consent Judgments: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday,
9:00 a.m. Request for hearing required for date and time.
Judgments of Divorce and all required accompanying Orders MUST be e- filed no later than the
Tuesday of the week before the Hearing.
Note: Contact Judge's Secretary for an available hearing date prior to filing the Request for Hearing on
a Motion form.
Policy of Waiving Statutory Six-Month Waiting Period: Yes, when reconciliation is not possible and is in
the best interest of the children
Friend of the Court Recommendation Required for:
Spousal Support: Preferred
Child Support: Yes
Parenting Time: Preferred
Utilization of Psychodiagnostics & Family Services Clinic Policy: Custody and parenting time disputes
Policy on Case Evaluation: Mediation and arbitration are encouraged
General Panel: No
Single-Person Panel: Yes
Taking of Pro Confesso's of Pro Per's (Self-Representing): Thursday, 10:00 a.m.
PPO hearings: Monday. 1:30 p.m.
PPO violation hearings: Date and time to be determined, in person.
Friend of the Court (FOC) Monday Motions in front of the Referee will be held in accordance with
each Referee’s rules and procedures. You will receive those notices directly from the FOC.
Status Conferences are held with the Friend of the Court referee on Thursday at 9:00 a.m. Clients do not
need to appear.
Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:00 a.m.
NAME CHANGE HEARINGS
Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. and Friday at 9:00 a.m.
TRIALS, SHOW CAUSE, AND EVIDENTIARY HEARINGS
Trials and hearings are scheduled to best utilize the Court’s resources. Date certain trials must be held in
person unless the parties and Court agree to a trial via zoom.