Friend of the Court


Mediation is a confidential and voluntary process to help parents resolve issues of custody and parenting time without having to go to court. In mediation, parents meet with a neutral third party who will help them talk about the issues. This mediator can help prepare an order if the parents reach agreement. The mediator does not make decisions or issue recommendations to the court.

If you and the other parent would like to participate in mediation, there are two options:

Walk-in Mediation


Check-In Hours:
Tuesdays: 8:00am-10:30am
Thursdays: 1:00pm-3:00pm


Kent County FOC
82 Ionia Ave NW
Grand Rapids, MI 40503
(616) 632-6888

  • Provided without an appointment on a first-come-first serve basis.
  • In order to see as many cases as possible, mediations are limited to 60 minutes per session.
  • No Cost.
Physical Custody
Legal Custody
School Issues
Parenting Time
School Breaks
Pre-Judgment Mediation
Child support only
Property Issues

Scheduled Mediation

If you and the other parent would like to mediate parenting time or custody, but prefer not to use walk-in mediation, you may request mediation in writing. Once both parents have confirmed that they would like to participate in mediation, you will receive an appointment by mail.

Under certain circumstances, the judge or referee may order parents to participate in mediation under this court rule. The process is still confidential, but you may be ordered to attend.

Please note that each parent must meet with the mediator before the mediation begins to ensure that mediation is appropriate.