Friend of the Court

Mediation

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

When

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

Where

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.
Custody
Physical Custody
Legal Custody
School Issues
Communication
Co-Parenting
Parenting Time
Schedule
Exchanges
Holidays
School Breaks
Transportation
Excluding
Pre-Judgment Mediation
Child support only
Termination/guardianship
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.

For more information see the Mediation Brochure.