Friend of the Court


Pursuant to Michigan law, the chief circuit judge annually reviews the performance record of the friend of the court. The review will be conducted on or about July 1, 2024. This review is limited by law to the following criteria: whether the friend of the court is guilty of misconduct, neglect of statutory duty, or failure to carry out the written orders of the court relative to a statutory duty; whether the purposes of the Friend of the Court Act are being met; and whether the duties of the friend of the court are being carried out in a matter that reflects the needs of the community. Members of the public may submit written comments to the chief judge relating to these criteria. Send your written comments, with your name and address, to the Honorable Deborah L. McNabb, 180 Ottawa Avenue NW, Ste 6200A, Grand Rapids Michigan 49503-2703.


The Friend of the Court (FOC) serves as the enforcement and investigative arm of the Circuit Court Family Division. FOC employees are court employees.

With over 38,000 cases, the FOC is tasked with: (1) Enforcement of child support orders, (2) Enforcement of custody and parenting time orders, (3) Reviewing the amount of child support consistent with the Michigan Child Support Formula, (4) Investigating and making recommendations to the Court about custody and parenting time issues, and (5) Providing mediation services for custody and parenting time issues.

Kent County Friend of the Court - Working to improved the lives of children and strengthen families
Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday
8:00am to 4:30pm

How to Contact Us

  • Call us at (616) 632-6888 from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm
  • E-mail us at Please include your name and case number in the e-mail. A FOC employee will respond as soon as possible.
  • Contact us via 2-Way Communication through the MiSupport website.
  • For MiSDU payment information, call (877) 543-2660
  • Access your case online through the MiChildSupport site

Support Payment Options

  1. Payment Window in Lobby - Cash, certified checks or money orders are accepted (make payable to the Kent County Friend of the Court)
  2. Pay Online
  3. Pay By Mail - MiSDU, P.O. Box 30351, Lansing, MI 48909-7851
  4. Pay With Cash - Pay Near Me (CVS Pharmacy, 7-Eleven and Family Dollar)
  5. Evaluation Payments - Cash or money order only
    Kent County Friend of the Court, P.O. Box 351
    Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0351

FOC Drop Box Station

The drop box for documents and non-cash payments is available on the first floor of 82 Ionia Ave.

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