Friend of the Court
In order to prevent the spread of COVID-19/coronavirus and to protect overall public health of our citizens, families, and employees Barry County Friend of the Court operations will be closed to the public and only providing essential services beginning Tuesday, March 24th, 2020 until further notice.
If you require assistance please contact the office via phone at (269) 945-1283, email the office at FOC@barryco.org, or via fax at (269) 948-3331.
Child support frequently asked questions during COVID-19 outbreak
Custody and parenting time frequently asked questions during COVID-19 outbreak
Orientation is held on a monthly basis in the Community Room inside the Tyden Center, located at 121 S. Church Street, Hastings, on the corner of Church and Court Streets. (2020 Schedule)
Welcome to the Barry County Friend of the Court. We encourage you to use this site to educate yourself about the Friend of the Court (FOC). Our office would like this relationship to be a positive and professional experience for both you and the staff. Our mission is to provide excellent customer service while handling these domestic relations matters, keeping the child’s best interest at heart.
The FOC assists the Family Court with establishing, enforcing, and modifying court orders regarding child support, child care expenses, custody, parenting time, uninsured medical costs, spousal support (alimony), and domicile (residence). The FOC becomes involved when an action is filed with the Court by an attorney, the prosecuting attorney or one of the parties. A filed action could include divorce, custody, support or paternity establishment. After an action is filed the Judge makes a determination, an order is signed and is filed with the County Clerk. At this time, enforcing and modifying court orders, collecting support payments, making recommendations for support, custody, and parenting time will begin.
|Hours of Operation||Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
|Location||102 S. Broadway, Hastings, MI 49058
The FOC is located at the corner of Broadway and State St.
Click here for a map
|Telephone/Fax Number||24-Hr Interactive Voice Response (IVR): 877-543-2660
Main Line: 269-945-1283
Click here for FOC staff and telephone extensions
|Holiday Schedule||Holiday Schedule|
|Links to Helpful Websites|
|GovPayNow||Make an online payment with credit/debit card
Four-digit pay location code: 1064
|MIChildSupport||Assistance with child support|
|Michigan State Disbursement Unit (MiSDU)||Assistance with child support|
|Michigan Legal Help||Free, accurate legal information
Assistance & Referrals for Michigan residents
|Legal Assistance Center||Free service - no income or other requirements
Kent County Courthouse, Suite 5100, Grand Rapids
|The State Court Administrative Office||Self-help center|