COVID-19 Updates from Public Health
COVID-19 Limited Operations, Procedures and Closures

Ottawa County Friend of the Court


If you have suffered a loss of income due to COVID-19, please contact your FOC caseworker using one of the methods listed below (phone, email or MiChildSupport). If your caseworker tells you to send in additional documents to show your income loss, you may mail copies of your documents to the FOC or send them to this email inbox: Please do not send unsolicited documents or emails to this inbox.

The Friend of the Court is not offering “in-person” contact at this time as all Ottawa County buildings, including courthouses, are closed to the public

Please use the contact alternatives below to contact the FOC by telephone or online:

Child Support payments can be made at:
  • GovPayNow - Please use PLC code 8829
  • MiSDU
  • PayNearMe at CVS Pharmacy, 7-Eleven, Family Dollar, and Casey’s General Store

eFiling Waiver

If you wish to file a motion, but are unable to do so because you do not have the technology available to use the MiFile (e-filing) portal, please complete the motion (in the FOC FORMS section) and mail it with the request for exemption from e-filing form to the Ottawa County Clerk’s office. Motions are still being scheduled for hearing, however, those hearings are now being conducted by telephone /ZOOM. Please be sure to include telephone and email contacts in motion filings.

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Department Overview

To administer justice and restore wholeness in a manner that inspires public trust.
The Friend of the Court Office is part of the 20th Judicial Circuit Court - Family Division (herein referred to as "Family Court") and is responsible for protecting the rights and interests of the children in domestic relations matters.

The Friend of the Court Office has the following statutory duties:
  • To investigate, report, and recommend to the Family Court which parent should have custody of minor children.
  • To enforce all child support orders, including medical support orders, entered by the Family Court.
  • To insure that children's rights to parenting time with the non-custodial parents are protected, and to enforce parenting time rights ordered by the Family Court when parenting time is denied.

20th Circuit Friend of the Court Alternative Dispute Resolution Plan


If you have a warrant, you may come in on your warrant to the FOC in the Grand Haven Courthouse Monday – Friday from 7:30am – 4:15pm. If you appear outside of these hours, you may not be able to meet with someone. You may also turn yourself in to your local law enforcement agency or at the Ottawa County Jail.

Friend of the Court is under the leadership of:
  • Jennell L. Challa, Friend of the Court
  • Matthew J. Schmid, Assistant Friend of the Court - Field Services
  • Kathy E. Winston, Assistant Friend of the Court - Internal Operations