Divorce / Family

Family Court can address matters such as divorces, legal separations, annulments, and matters involving children, including child support residential placement, parenting time, and decision making. The court recognizes that equal access to the courts for all is essential to preserving the integrity of our legal system. 

In response to this and the increase in Self-Represented Litigants (SRLs), the court has established a special court call for SRLs in the Family Division. The Family Law Division of the 19th Judicial Circuit is located on the 1st floor of 18 N. County Street Waukegan, IL.

Due to the complexity of laws and procedures in family law matters, you are encouraged to seek the advice of a lawyer. If you need a referral to an attorney who may be able to assist you, please contact the Lake County Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service at www.lakecountylawyer.info or by calling them at (847) 244-3143. However, you may choose to represent yourself due to financial circumstances or personal preference. 


Resources & Rules

The Guide for Family Law Cases (PDF) will inform you about the types of cases heard in family court and familiarize you with the terminology and basic procedures.

Disclaimer: The information provided in this Guide is not intended to provide legal advice. This booklet does not address specific situations, and, as such, does not replace the advice or representation of your own attorney. The Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court and the Lake County Bar Association make no claim as to whether the information provided will achieve the result that you desire and disclaim any responsibility for the consequences of any actions taken in reliance upon the information provided.  

Family law matters may have an effect on other legal rights, including but not limited to immigration, probate, bankruptcy, tax issues and criminal matters. If any such legal issues are involved in your case, you should consult an attorney.


Family Law-Related Statutes and Rules (including but not limited to):

  • Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act, (also known as the IMDMA) 750 ILCS 5/101 through 801
  • Lake County Local Rules Family Law LCR 4-3.01 through 4-3.19
  • Illinois Rules of Civil Procedure 735 ILCS 5/2-101 through 2-2301
  • Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act (also known as the UCCJEA) 750 ILCS 36-101 through 36-405
  • The Federal Parental Kidnapping Prevention Act (also known as 28 U.S.C.A 1738A)
  • Illinois Supreme Court Rules of General Application to Child Custody or Allocation of Parental Responsibilities Ill. S. Ct. R 900 through 942
  • Illinois Domestic Violence Act 750 ILCS 60/101 through 401
  • Illinois Parentage Act 750 ILCS 46/101 through 905