Check Your Local Library
There are many excellent books on preparing financially for divorce, parenting strategies to protect your children, navigating the legal system, and emotional well being during and after a divorce.

The following is a short list of links. Each bar association has it’s own helpful resource page. There are also some legal assistance references if you can not afford an attorney. Additionally, each County Court Domestic Relations Division has help desks to assist you if you choose to represent yourself pro se.

Illinois State Bar Association:

Chicago Bar Association:

Lake County Bar Association:

The Family Defense Center:

Legal Aid foundation:

Prairie State Legal Services:

Cook County Clerk of Court:

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