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Ottawa County Friend of the Court

The FOC office will be closed on January 30, 2019 from 7am to NOON. Office will reopen at NOON that day.

To administer justice and restore wholeness in a manner that inspires public trust.

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Department Overview

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.
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