The Family Division of the
Circuit Clerk's Office consists of five offices:
Family, Divorce, Child Support, Adoption and
Mental Health. The clerks in this Division file
new cases in the following types:
Adoption case numbers are assigned to every
adoption case. Adoption Records and all Juvenile
case types are impounded pursuant to state law
and are not public record.
Dissolution case numbers are assigned to
complaints for dissolution of marriage,
annulment, or separate maintenance. Divorce
clerks handle any new filings for Divorce cases.
These filings may include visitation and child
support if minor children are involved. The
Divorce clerk publishes new divorce judgments
and sends all new divorce judgments to the
Office of Vital Records. When you file
for Dissolution as "agreed" you must file
an appearance and consent the
total amount due is
(check filing fees).
Family case numbers are assigned to a
variety of matters including proceedings to
establish the parent-child relationship: Child
Support, Custody, Visitation, Emancipation.
Clerks process new filings for paternity, child
support, visitation etc., on cases in which the
parties involved are not married. The Family
clerk accepts filings by the State’s Attorney
and the Illinois Department of Public Aid. Child
Support Clerk records child support payments
received by mail. Clerks are also responsible
for establishing and amending new child support
judicial orders. The Family Division, enabling
the Courts, maintains child support payment
records for Sangamon County children of divorce
to ensure that financial support reaches
children of divorced parents.
Mental Health (MH)
Mental Health case numbers are assigned to
proceedings involving commitment, discharge, or
restoration of legal status. The Division files
petitions for hospitalization, discharge,
restoration, and treatment. Mental Health cases
are not open to the public and must have a
Judge's Order to be viewed.
The Family Division also collects the fee
for persons wishing to be married by a Judge.
This fee is $10.00. The parties must visit the
Sangamon County Clerk’s Office (Room 101,
Sangamon County Courts Complex) and apply for
their Marriage License before paying for the
Family Division Clerks are available to answer
any questions Monday through Friday 8:30 am –
4:30 pm, in the Office of the Circuit Clerk,
Room 405, Sangamon County Court Complex.
Suzanne Ushman Manager