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Ottawa County Friend of the Court

Starting April 2022, the Friend of the Court is open for in-person Wednesday walk ins. You may walk in Wednesday 8AM - 4PM, with last appointment at 3:30PM.

Ottawa County Friend of the Court will continue to schedule virtual appointments. We will call you at your scheduled appointment time.

General FOC Questions
Mondays & Fridays
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Specific Investigator Questions
Tuesdays & Thursdays
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Contact Us

Contact the FOC online or by telephone:

Payments

Child support payments can be made at:

Online Dispute Resolution

Ottawa Friend of the Court is now offering online dispute resolution for families of Ottawa County.

MiChildSupport

24 Hour access to your case
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Two-way communication
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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

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. Covington, Assistant Friend of the Court - Internal Operations