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Friend of the Court

Mission Statement

To assist the Family Division of the Circuit Court in facilitating the resolution of domestic relations matters so that children's best interests are protected.


The Friend of the Court is the collection, enforcement and investigative arm of the Circuit Court in the area of domestic relations. The action by the office is dictated by court order. Orders are issued by the court after the Judge has made a determination and the written document is signed, then filed with the county clerk. To obtain a domestic relations order from the Court, the issue has to be brought before the Court through formal legal action. This is accomplished through private attorneys, sometimes the prosecuting attorney or by action of one of the parties. The Friend of the Court does not become involved until action is filed with the court.

On Wednesdays, child support staff are unavailable for walk-in appointments due to court appearance and other responsibilities. Please keep this in mind when planning a visit to the office. We are available through email 24-hours a day at and by phone at 877-543-2660, Monday-Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm. Effective Monday, March 14, 2016, Case Managers will only be available for walk-in appointments on Tuesdays from 8:00am-11:30am and Thursday from 1:00pm-4:00pm.

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Contact Us

82 Ionia

Friend of the Court

82 Ionia Ave. NW
Suite 200
PO Box 351
Grand Rapids, MI 49501-0351

Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm

(877) 543-2660

(616) 632-6871

Daniel J. Fojtik
Director, Friend of the Court

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