Friend of the Court

In cases involving child custody and support you’ll often hear judges and attorneys talks about the Friend of the Court, but exactly what is the FOC and how is it involved in child custody proceedings? Many people just don’t know. So I wanted to provide this free handbook that explains all that in simple terms. As explained on the first page of the handbook:

This handbook describes the general duties of the FOC. Some procedures vary by county. You may discuss any questions regarding local or statewide procedures or requirements with your local FOC office or with your attorney. To learn some of the common family law and FOC legal terms, please refer to the glossary at the end.

I have also provided links to the southwest Michigan Friend of the Courts below, if you’d like more specific information.

 

Kalamazoo CountySt. Joseph County

Calhoun County

Branch CountyBerrien County

Allegan County

Barry CountyEaton County

Van Buren County


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