To get a copy of a parental responsibilities order, you can search the case file at the circuit clerk's office. This file is kept by the circuit clerk's office in the county where the case took place. For location and contact information, visit the Illinois Courts' website.
Sometimes the original parental responsibilities order is not easy to find. It may not be called allocation of parental responsibilities, and it may be part of any of the following types of cases:
- Legal separation
- Request for allocation of parental responsibilities (custody)
- Parentage (paternity)
- A request for child support filed by a parent, the State of Illinois, or the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (IDHS)
- Order of protection asking the court to stop domestic abuse
For example, a parental responsibilities decision is part of a Judgment for Dissolution of Marriage in a divorce case. If the parentage of a child was decided by a court, a parental responsibilities decision may be part of a Parentage Order.
Updated: September 2017