Friend of the Court

Friend of the Court Director/Domestic Relations Referee:
Lona Julien


8:00 AM to 4:30 PM


24 Hour Toll Free
Account Information Line: 1.877.kid.2660


(517) 279-5175

Mailing Address:

31 S. Division Street
Coldwater, MI 49036

The Branch County Friend of the Court (FOC) works for the Circuit Court, with primary responsibilities for enforcement of the Court’s orders regarding custody, parenting time and the support of minor children. 
The FOC also conducts hearings and investigations, and makes reports and recommendations to the Court on those matters. It offers mediation, as an alternative dispute resolution process, for custody and parenting time issues. 
For more information, please read the Michigan Child Support Formula Manual.

Michigan Legal Help. www.michiganlegalhelp.org is for persons who are not able to afford a lawyer to handle simple civil legal matters.

 24-Hour Phone Access:
Our Integrated Voice Response (IVR) Phone number 1.877.kid.2660.

This number is for all payment information, 24-hours a day. As we are unable to give confidential information over the phone, you MUST use this number for your confidential inquiries.


Common Solutions

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Courtroom Rules of Conduct
Rules of behavior and dress issued by the Circuit Court and in effect for judicial hearings in all Courts including Magistrate and Referee matters.
Objection to Referee's Recommended order with instructions
Objection to Referee's Recommended Order with Instructions
Notice of Hearing form
This form should be used when hearings are being scheduled before the Referee or the Judge

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