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Will County Family Court Procedures During the Corona Virus Pandemic (COVID-19}

The Will County Domestic Relations Division has published new procedures for court dates during the COVID-19 Pandemic. These procedures include the following:Teleconference via Zoom.com will be in place until further order of court.For currently scheduled case management conferences, hearings, pre-trials, trials, and prove-ups, these will proceed on the date and time as previously scheduled via Zoom unless otherwise ordered by the assigned judge.For future court dates, there are specific instructions on giving proper notice to set up.Judges will send out Zoom meeting requests with an ID and password for all attorneys and litigants.There are procedures for those without access to Zoom.There are specific procedures with pretrials and prove-ups to follow.Will County Family Court Procedures - eff 5/19/20


Will County Chief Judge Extends Covid-19 / Coronavirus Procedures to May 15, 2020

The Will County Chief Judge announced last week that all administrative order dealing with the pandemic shall be extended to May 15, 2020. To have a quick reference to the orders, all of them are attached here:
2020-14 - Family Court Proveups2020-13 - Family Court Pretrials2020-12 - power of judges to continue criminal and juvenile cases2020-11 - power of judges to continue criminal and juvenile cases2020-10 - power to continue criminal cases2020-09 - designation of acting chief judge (if needed)2020-08 - General Operation of the Courthouse during the pandemicMarch 20, 2020 Court Press ReleaseEmergency Motion Information Sheet



Loss of Employment During the Coronavirus - COVID-19 Epidemic

As the unemployment numbers begin to roll in, the picture is pretty sad. The drastic downturn in the economy caused by the Corona virus (COVID-19) has caused massive lay-offs and job losses – particularly in the food service, travel and hotel industries. If you or someone you love has obligations to pay child support or spousal maintenance, it incredibly important to file a motion to reduce the child support or maintenance as soon as possible. The reason for this is that child support cannot be reduced prior to the date you file a motion. The good news with that is the actual filing of the motion should cover you even though there will be lots of delays with getting your case in front of a judge. Courthouses are running on very limited basis right now and most are only open for true emergencies. Financial matters such as a job loss are not emergencies ifor the time being.
There is also good news that with electronic filing (e-filing) across the state, you can file your motion from th…

Visitation and Parenting Time During the Coronavirus - COVID-19 Pandemic

The phone calls have started coming into the office....What do I do about parenting time (visitation) with the Coronavirus COVID-19 pandemic coming down on us? Fear and anxiety are at an all-time high in these dark days and we are all in uncharted territory about this. Everyone is trying to get a handle on how to move forward and family law courts and lawyers are no exception.

Here is what we know so far...

As of Saturday, March 21, 2020, the Governor of Illinois declared a "Stay in Place Order". You can review a whole copy of the order here. When it discusses travel restrictions in Paragraph 14, it also addresses the issue of children's visitation. There are actually two specific provisions stating that an exception to the travel ban are:

   1) transporting minors and dependents to care for them and,
   2) allowing travel required by a custody agreement.

So in most instances that's it...you must allow Parenting Time and Visitation to continue during the epidemic (at…

Child Support Collection - Illinois Department of Health & Family Services - Account Review

If you are involved in a case where the Illinois Department of Health and Family Services (HFS) is either: 1) helping you get child support OR 2) collecting child support from you, then you may need to get an "Account Review" done if you do not agree with the balance HFS shows as being owed in this case. You can request an "Account Review" from HFS for court purposes and/or to show that the amount indicated by HFS as being owed is incorrect. You will need to send them a request to do this in writing and attach all of the court orders, payment ledgers and other documents that help you establish what you want to prove. For example, if a payment was made but not recorded by HFS, then you will want to provide a copy of the returned check proving the payment.

Here is a link to an Information Sheet from HFS and then a SAMPLE form letter I created as a suggested form to look at to make the request. You may need to modify the letter to suit your situation.

Link to Info Shee…

Update: Will County Courthouse Construction - January 2019

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Will County Courthouse Construction - May to August 2018 - Time Lapse

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