Kalamaoo County

Ninth Judicial Circuit Court


The Judges of the Ninth Judicial Circuit court and the staff of the Office of the Friend of the Court (FOC) are committed to assisting you while the court is handling your domestic relations matter. The FOC plays a significant role during and after the disposition of your case. During the period that your family is experiencing changes, the Ninth Judicial Circuit Court and the office of the FOC will do their best to handle your case in a Professional manner.

This Friend of the Court Handbook is provided to help you understand the responsibilities, policies and procedures of the FOC in Kalamazoo County. The FOC makes recommendations to the Circuit Court on the content of orders and on the enforcement of the requirements of those orders. If you understand how that office works, it will help you. The office of the FOC is located at 201 W. Kalamazoo Ave., Kalamazoo, Michigan.

The Family Services Division of the Circuit Court is responsible for hearing all domestic relations of family matters such as divorce, child custody, child support and parenting time. The Family Division is located at 1400 Gull Road, Kalamazoo, Michigan. This building is the Gull Road Courthouse.

This handbook is design to provide information that will answer many questions you may have, and may save you time and money by reducing the need for you to appear in court. We believe that it will benefit you to read this handbook thoroughly and to follow the procedures outlined in it.

Hon. Stephen D. Gorsalitz, Chief Judge

Hon. Curtis J. Bell

Hon. Patricia N. Conlon

Hon. Gary C. Giguere, Jr.

Hon. Pamela L. Lightvoet

Hon. Alexander C. Lipsey