Friend of the Court

Notice: Due to the COVID-19 crisis, our regular office phone service is unavailable until further notice. Our phone line will be open for calls from 8:30 am – 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Please note, however, that due to the Governor’s recent Order, most of our staff are working remotely. When you call our office, you will need to leave a voice mail message, along with your case number and a telephone number where you can be reached, and we will return your phone call as soon as possible.

Also, please note that effective November 17, 2020, in-person payments will NOT be accepted in the Friend of the Court (FOC) Lobby. There is a drop-box in the FOC Lobby so you may drop off documents, papers and completed forms. The drop-box is NOT for payments of any kind.

You may still communicate with us by:
  • Phone: (616) 632-6888
  • E-mail at foc.mail@kentcountymi.gov. Please include your name and case number. Your message will be given to a FOC employee, and you will receive a response as soon as possible.
  • 2-Way Communication through the MiSupport website at www.michigan.gov/michildsupport.

To access your case online, you may sign up at www.michigan.gov/michildsupport.

Support Payment Options:
Child Support Enforcement Meeting with a Case Manager?
Mediation Appointment?
Telephone Appointment?
Court Hearings

FOC hearings are limited and will be held remotely via Zoom. If a hearing for your case is scheduled, the notice and petition will be sent to you through e-mail with instructions. It is very important that we have your updated email address. You can update it with us online by completing this form.

If you are not working because of COVID-19
  • Please provide proof in writing to FOC from your employer that this is a lay-off or the business closed
  • If a lay-off, include the return-to-work date if it is known, and whether the employer will continue to pay you during the lay-off.
  • If you are filing for unemployment benefits, let the FOC know this and make payments from these benefits the best you can until you see automatic deductions for support being made.
  • If you are seeking employment, report your job search in writing to the FOC monthly until new employment is found, you return to work, or you start receiving benefits.
Will a support payer’s stimulus check be intercepted for child support?

My child is 18 and supposed to graduate in May.  Now that the Governor has ordered that schools cannot be physically open, does my support obligation end now?

Parenting Time Issues Surrounding Back-to-School and COVID-19

Parenting Time Orders and COVID-19

FOC Hearings on Parenting Time Violations

Mission Statement

To serve the Court and the families of Kent County to ensure children are supported, both financially and emotionally.

We understand that issues associated with custody, parenting time and child support can often be stressful. The animations below make Friend of the Court processes a little less intimidating.

A big thank you to Grand Valley State University's Suzanne Zack and the students in GVSU's Animation Outreach, North Park Montessori students and staff, and the Grand Rapids Community Media Center for their creativity!

When changes are needed in your parenting time order.

Parenting Time

How to make changes to your child support order.

Child Support Changes

Mediation is used to help resolve issues and make changes to your custody and/or parenting time order.

What is Mediation

How to sign up for child support case information. micase.state.mi.us

Payment Info Sign Up

Various ways to make child support payments.

Ways to Make Payments

Visit the FOC website for information, forms, and office hours.


General Information

Submit updated changes in health insurance information to FOC within 21 days

Health Care Enforcement

Overview

The Friend of the Court is the collection, enforcement and investigative arm of the Circuit Court in the area of domestic relations. The action by the office is dictated by court order. Orders are issued by the court after the Judge has made a determination and the written document is signed, then filed with the county clerk. To obtain a domestic relations order from the Court, the issue has to be brought before the Court through formal legal action. This is accomplished through private attorneys, sometimes the prosecuting attorney or by action of one of the parties. The Friend of the Court does not become involved until action is filed with the court.

We are available through email 24-hours a day at foc.mail@kentcountymi.gov and by phone at 877-543-2660 or (616) 632-6888, Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm. Case Managers will be available for walk-in appointments on Tuesdays from 8:00am-11:30am and Thursday from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

From time to time, changes are made in our case manager assignments. Please know that, even though you might work with someone different, your case manager is fully able to assist you.

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