Your Local Library

You can find many excellent books at your local library that can help with preparing financially for divorce, parenting strategies to protect your children, navigating the legal system, and emotional well-being during and after a divorce.

Bar associations

These Illinois bar associations have helpful content concerning divorce and family law matters:

Illinois State Bar Association:

Chicago Bar Association:

Lake County Bar Association:

Legal assistance organizations

These legal assistance organizations may be able to help you if you cannot afford an attorney:

The Family Defense Center:

Legal Aid foundation:

Prairie State Legal Services:

County courts

The Domestic Relations Division of each of these county courts has help desks to assist you if you choose to represent yourself:

Cook County Clerk of Court: THECOURT/CountyDepartment/Domestic RelationsDivision.aspx

Lake County Clerk of Court:

Cook County Clerk of Court Brochures:

ABC’s of Teen Dating Violence

How to Obtain an Order of Protection

Passport Services

Family Law Brochure

Domestic Violence Guidelines for Help

Domestic Violence Resources and Advocates