The Family Division of the Circuit Court was created by Public Act 388 in 1996. On January 1, 1998 the Friend of the Court became a unit in the Family Division of the Circuit Court. 

We provide services to parties with minor children involving divorce, family support, interstate and paternity cases.

It is responsible for investigating and making recommendations in regards to child custody, support and parenting time (when ordered by the judge) in contested cases. Once the Court enters an order pertaining to those issues, the Friend of the Court assists in enforcing the Court's written orders.

Read carefully about how to communicate with the Friend of the Court on the Contact Us page. Get names and direct numbers for employees assigned to your case in Family Division Assignments.

Friend of the Court Handbook tells you what we do in detail, covering common divorce-related disputes between parties and the Court, and Friend of the Court's role and actions in these disputes.