About Washtenaw County FOC

The Washtenaw County Friend of The Court (FOC) handles various issues under the family law umbrella, including divorce, child custody, child support and parenting time. It also focuses on issues related to the general welfare of the children. During the process of a divorce, the courts are tasked with determining the most appropriate division of assets among spouses. When children are also involved, the family courts have the duty of settling issues surrounding child support, child custody, visitation rights and more. This is a complicated process and necessitates professional assistance to be resolved. The primary role of the FOC is to assist both parties in the handling of all of these issues involved in the dissolution of a marriage.

The Washtenaw County FOC does a great job at providing information about the forms required to be completed during the proceedings, however they do not give instructions as to what specific information needs to be included on the forms. This is because the main role of the FOC is to provide guidance for all parties involved through the proceedings, not provide legal advice. It is therefore important that individuals involved in these cases consult with an experienced Washtenaw County family attorney in order to make sure they have the knowledge and expertise on their side to have the best outcome possible.

Washtenaw County FOC Overview

The Washtenaw County FOC’s main task is to conduct independent and impartial investigations into the situation of families who are going through divorce and custody battles. The information gathered from these investigations is then used to make recommendations to the court as to a proper course of action. The recommendations typically include specifics regarding parenting time, child custody, visitation rights and how child support should be distributed and how much should be paid.

The FOC will conduct interviews with both parties and their children as part of the investigation, which are then used as the primary basis for their recommendations to the court. In addition to this, the FOC is required to review any and all documentation and factors relevant to the case in order to be sure the children will be properly cared for. The ultimate goal of the FOC throughout this process is to ensure the children are in a stable environment conducive to good mental and physical wellness, as well as allowing the opportunity to have a meaningful relationship with both parents.

There are times when a parent fails to meet obligations laid out by the court after proceedings have been settled. When this occurs, the FOC is then tasked with the duty of enforcing custody orders, child support orders and parenting time orders that have been put in place by the family court.

Below are a number of useful links from the Washtenaw County Friend of The Court’s website for additional information:

Child Custody

S.M.I.L.E. Program

Parenting Time Enforcement

Frequently Asked Questions


Washtenaw County FOC Location

Located in the western region of the metro Detroit area, Washtenaw County covers an area of 722 square miles and has a population of 344,000 residents. Bordered by Wayne County to the east, Livingston County to the north, Jackson County, Lenawee and Monroe Counties to the south, Washtenaw County is one of the major areas in the Detroit-Metro region. The Washtenaw County Friend of The Court is located in the county seat of Ann Arbor, in the County Courthouse building off Huron Street in the downtown area. Their address, contact information and hours of operation are listed below:

101 E Huron Street
Room 1102
Ann Arbor, MI 48107-8645
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Hours: Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:30pm

Speak with a Washtenaw County Family Law Attorney

Divorce, child custody disputes and child support negotiations are some of the most trying situations an individual can experience in life. Although the FOC is of great help during this process, they are not authorized to give legal advice to either party. Because of this and the gravity of the legal repercussions stemming from these types of proceedings, it is critical that individuals facing these types of cases consult with an experienced Washtenaw County family law attorney.

The expert attorneys at Kelly & Kelly have over three decades of experience protecting and representing clients in family law matters such as divorce, child custody, parenting time, visitation rights and child support. Our team of veteran lawyers possess the knowledge, skills and expertise necessary to properly represent your best interests in Michigan’s family court system. If you are in need of professional legal help in family law and divorce cases involving children, please contact us to schedule a consultation today.

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