Friend of the Court

General Information

Kent County Friend of the Court
82 Ionia Ave. NW
Suite 200
PO Box 351
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0351

General Information: (877) 543-2660
Fax: (616) 632-6871
(8:00am to 4:30pm, Mon - Fri)


There are several city parking lots available to the public as indicated on the map below with the letter "P".

Map of Downtown Grand Rapids with Parking Areas

Holidays 2018

The FOC offices are closed on the following holidays:

  • New Year’s Day, Monday, 1/1/2018
  • Martin Luther King Day, Monday, 1/15/2018
  • Memorial Day, Monday, 5/28/2018
  • Independence Day, Wednesday, 7/4/2018
  • Labor Day, Monday, 9/3/2018
  • Veterans Day, Observed Monday, 11/12/2018
  • Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, 11/22/2018
  • Day After Thanksgiving Day, Friday, 11/23/2018
  • Christmas Eve, Monday, 12/24/2018
  • Christmas, Tuesday, 12/25/2018

Communication with the Friend of the Court Office

Please contact the FOC office in writing so that complete and accurate information is recorded in the casefile. Written communications between the FOC and the parties ensure a complete record is maintained. Requests for enforcement support such as child, spousal, parenting time, medical, etc., must be in writing. Whenever communicating with the FOC, always include the case number assigned to your case and keep your own copy.

Mail correspondence to:

Kent County Friend of the Court
82 Ionia Ave. NW
Suite 200
PO Box 351
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0351

Please keep the FOC informed of changes in vital information concerning your case. Provide the FOC with a written notice of any changes of: addresses, names, sources of income, medical insurance, telephone numbers, marital status of parties and minors, legal guardianships/ adoptions, financial status including bankruptcy, and physical custody of the child. Also, notify the FOC of the death of a party or child, the termination of parental rights, the reconciliation of parties, a child's high school graduation date and any other activity in any other court affecting your child.

If you must contact the FOC by telephone, be sure to give the operator your full name, the other party's full name and your case number. Information about payments and arrearages will not be given over the telephone.

General, non-case specific information can be given over the telephone while only limited case specific information may be given. This is a safeguard to protect the confidentiality of your file and your privacy.

Telephone: (877) 543-2660

Access to Friend of the Court Records

The records maintained by the FOC are exempt from the Freedom of Information Act; therefore, they are not open to the general public.

They are confidential records used to monitor your domestic relations case for the court. Michigan Court Rules grant certain individuals including the parties and attorney of record access to non-confidential FOC records of your case for review and copying. Copies of accessible records cost $1.00 per page.


To request an appointment, complete the Information and Inquiry form. A copy may be requested either at the front desk reception area at the office at 82 Ionia, or by phone and one will be mailed to you.

Enforcement hearings or other court actions are held at the Kent County Courthouse, not at the FOC office. The courthouse is located in downtown Grand Rapids at 180 Ottawa Avenue NW.