Illinois Parental Responsibilities Resources and Support

Don't go through the parental responsibilities process on your own. Even if you can't afford an attorney, you have plenty of places to turn for support.

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In-depth guides

Use the following to shepherd you and your family through the divorce or separation process.

Court resources

Illinois offers a self-help website with court forms, information for self-representing parties, a list of interpreters and more.

Many counties have self-help centers and law libraries. Attorneys on staff do not represent anyone and cannot give legal advice. However, they can provide free information about court and procedures.

On the Illinois courts website, you'll find court-approved custody and child support forms.

Illinois Legal Aid Online

Illinois Legal Aid Online provides free tools in English, Spanish and Polish. Their easy forms turn your answers from an online questionnaire into a document you can file with the court or use during a hearing.

Child support agencies

Child support payments in Illinois are overseen by the state's Department of Child Support Services, with most operations handled by regional offices. If you need help opening a case, enforcing support orders or locating the other parent, contact your local office. They often provide services for free and can help you resolve issues without going to court.

Parenting education and coordination

Parenting education classes can help you understand child development and how family dynamics affect your children. Check with your local county or circuit court clerk for information on court-approved courses.

Another way to maintain a healthy co-parenting relationship is to hire a mediator or parenting coordinator to help you resolve differences.

Our professional sources

For more help, consider reaching out to one of our sources. The people and offices listed below have helped us with the intricacies of parental responsibilities and parenting time in Illinois. We hope they can help you, as well.

Camic Johnson, Ltd.
Victor Puscas, Jr., Attorney at Law
Aurora, IL

Chausow Shafer, P.C.
Nancy Chausow Shafer, Attorney at Law
Highland Park, IL

Coady Law Group, LLC
Michelle Coady Carter, Attorney at Law
Springfield, IL

DPG Family Law
David Gonet, Attorney at Law
Lincolnshire, IL

Hampilos & Associates, Ltd.
George Hampilos, Attorney at Law
Rockford, IL

Hasselberg, Grebe, Snodgrass, Urban & Wentworth
Charles Urban, Attorney at Law
Peoria, IL

Kristen Fischer, Attorney at Law
Urbana, IL

Law Office of Alexander Korotkin
Alexander Korotkin, Attorney at Law
Rochester, NY

Law Office of Bradley R. Tengler, P.C.
Bradley Tengler, Attorney at Law
Rockford, IL

Law Offices of Jennifer Guimond-Quigley
Jennifer Guimond-Quigley, Attorney at Law
Chicago, IL

Law Offices of Russell D. Knight
Russell Knight, Attorney at Law
Chicago, IL

The Law Office of Ryan C. Schnack
Ryan Schnack, Attorney at Law
Quincy, IL

Reidy Law Office, LLC
Brian Reidy, Attorney at Law
Orland Park, IL

Rincker Law, PLLC
Cari Rincker, Attorney at Law
Champaign, IL

Stuart Law Office
Rhonda Stuart, Attorney at Law
Skokie, IL

Wakeman Law Group, P.C.
Elizabeth Wakeman, Attorney at Law
Crystal Lake, IL

Watson Law
Linda J. Watson, Attorney at Law
Peoria, IL

Zuba & Associates, P.C.
James Zuba, Attorney at Law
Rockford, IL

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