For People Without Lawyers

A judge cannot give special treatment to a party because the party does not have an attorney. However, a judge may make reasonable efforts, consistent with the law and court rules, to facilitate the ability of self-represented individuals to be fairly heard. As a pro se litigant, you are required to follow the same procedures and rules as attorneys. Your motions, response, notices and methods of service must comply with the law. Failure to comply with the law can result in denial of your motion and sanctions which can include paying the other party’s attorney fees. It is highly recommended that you seek advice from an attorney before filing any motions/petitions. However, if you choose to proceed without an attorney, you may seek guidance from www.illinoislegalaid.org or from the Domestic Relations Help Desk located in room CL16 of the Richard J. Daley Center.
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