Family Court

Guide for Family Law Cases


The purpose of the Guide for Family Law Cases (PDF) is to answer general questions and provide general information about the procedures in Lake County, Illinois, in order to obtain a Dissolution of Marriage (commonly referred to as “divorce”), a Dissolution of Civil Union, a Legal Separation, or a Declaration of Invalidity of Marriage (commonly referred to as “annulment”).

Family Court Referral List


Judges hearing cases involving custody and visitation in Family Court can secure the assistance of a mental heath professional to make an evaluation of the family situation and make recommendations to the court on the best interest and welfare of a child who is the subject of a custody proceeding. The Family Court Referral List is a list of mental health professionals or Attorney-Mediators who have completed the training and qualification and have been approved by the Chief Judge. The Lake County Family Referral List is governed by Local Court Rule 4-3.08.


Family Parenting Program


The purpose of the Family Parenting Program is to offer an educational experience to parents, with minor children, who have filed for dissolution of marriage, and to parents, with minor children, who are parties to post-judgment custody or visitation petitions, within Lake County. The Lake County Family Parenting Program is governed by Local Court Rule 4-3.14.

Family Mediation Program


The Family Mediation Program in Lake County provides divorcing parents the opportunity to submit custody, visitation, and removal disputes to mediation before proceeding to a contested hearing before the court. The Lake County Family Mediation Program is governed by Local Court Rule 4-3.19. View the current Lake County Family Mediators Listing (PDF) for a list of approved mediators.

Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage


This Joint Simplified Dissolution of Marriage information is being provided to you along with the necessary forms for filing a Joint Simplified Petition for Dissolution of Marriage. This type of dissolution procedure is not available to everyone. There are limitations on, among other items, the length of the marriage, the amount of property owned and income of the parties.