Domestic Relations Division Personnel

Who Works in the Domestic Relations Division,
What Do They Do, and How Can They Help?

Assistant State’s Attorneys - The assistant state’s attorneys represent the Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) with relation to parentage and child support issues. HFS is a party, just like you are. Please note that the assistant state’s attorney does not represent you even though HFS may have goals similar to yours.

Circuit Court Clerks - The clerks are an integral part of the court system. They deal with filing and scheduling and can also answer questions about the locations of various court related services. However, they are not attorneys and cannot provide legal information or legal advice.

CL-24 - The staff at the front desk located in CL24 is there to help litigants with cases assigned to the CL. They will direct you to the right courtroom, hearing room or other location. If your notice to appear indicates that your case is scheduled in CL24, or if it indicates that your case is assigned to CL08, CL09, or CL11 you must check in at the front desk upon arrival. Conversely, if your case is scheduled to CL02, CL04, CL06, CL12, or a courtroom on another floor you may proceed directly to the courtroom.

Coordinators - Coordinators are available in some courtrooms to manage the judge’s schedule and daily court call. When a coordinator is not available, the judge manages his or her own schedule and daily court call. When available, the coordinators can also answer questions about the locations of various court related services. However, they are not attorneys and cannot provide legal information or legal advice.

Evaluators - Evaluators are mental health professionals who are appointed by the court to aid the court in its determination of child-related issues.

Facilitators - Facilitators are able to help you work out parenting orders if it appears likely that, with a little help, there can be an agreement. They are sometimes available on the day you come to court or, if not, another date and time can be scheduled. The facilitators are not the same as court-ordered mediation and mediators.

Foreign Language Interpreters - The Circuit Court of Cook County’s Office of Interpreter Services provides sign language interpreters and foreign language interpreters to litigants. For more information on their policies and procedures, click here.

Hearing Officers - Administrative hearing officers help parties reach agreements on financial domestic relations matters and help parties draft parenting plans either individually or jointly if the parties are in agreement. They must be fair and impartial and cannot give legal advice. If you do not agree with the order a hearing officer recommends, you are entitled to be sent to a courtroom for a hearing before a judge. A Hearing Officer may not mediate disputes relative to parenting time or responsibilities. If parties are not in agreement on these issues, they must attend court mandated mediation.

Judges - The judges are here to decide matters in your case. Each judge must be fair and impartial and cannot give legal advice. Consequently, judges cannot speak to or correspond with litigants regarding their case outside of court.

Mediators - Mediators assist in identifying the issues, reducing misunderstandings, exploring and clarifying the parties’ respective interests and priorities, and identifying and exploring possible solutions that will satisfy the interests of all parties and thereby facilitate resolution of some or all of the issues in dispute.

Presiding Judge - The Presiding Judge has centralized and administrative authority to coordinate and supervise the functions of the court pursuant to Circuit Court of Cook County Rule 13.2(a) and General Order 15.1. As such, the Presiding Judge does not discipline the other judges in the division and does not review or otherwise weigh in on their rulings.

Presiding Judge’s Staff - The Presiding Judge’s staff, located in room 1901A at the Daley Center, is available to direct you to appropriate resources and to provide administrative guidance and basic procedural information.

Sheriff’s Deputies - The sheriff’s deputies are in court to provide security for all who attend court and to preserve order.

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