Friend of the Court

Barry County Courts & Law Building

The Barry County Friend of the Court is moving to the Barry County Courts and Law Building.

As of Monday, 4/11/22, our new address will be:
206 W. Court Street, Ste. 101 
Hastings, MI 49058.  

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 sessions occur on a monthly basis and are currently being held via Zoom meetings (Zoom Meeting Instructions) (2022 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.

Contact Information  
Hours of Operation  Monday - Friday
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. 
Location  206 W. Court Street, Ste 101, Hastings, MI 49058
The FOC is located on the First Floor of the Barry County Courts and Law Building
Click here for a map 
Telephone/Fax Number  24-Hr Interactive Voice Response (IVR): 877-543-2660
Main Line: 269-945-1283
Fax: 269-948-3331

Click here for FOC staff and telephone extensions 
Email Address  foc@barryco.org 
Holiday Schedule  Holiday Schedule 

 

Links to Helpful Websites  
Website  Description 
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