A Family “F” case number shall be assigned to a variety of matters including proceedings to establish the parent-child relationship, notice to putative fathers, and certain actions relating to child support and custody. NOTE: Petitions for Orders of Protection are filed as separate cases under the OP category.

This list of subcategories is not intended to be comprehensive: rather, it is intended to illustrate the kinds of actions that are to be filed under the Family "F" category.

• Abandoned Baby
• Child of Assisted Reproduction
• Civil Action to Compel Support
• Confidential Intermediary
• Custody
• Emancipation of Minor
• Gestational Surrogacy
• Paternity
• Petition for Order to Issue Marriage License (Adult)
• Petition for Order to Issue Marriage License (Minor)
• Petition for Parental Responsibility (Child Support)
• Petition for Parental Responsibility (Visitation)
• Petition for Visitation (By Grandparent or Sibling)
• Putative Father

Question: How do I file a Family “F” case?

Answer:  Family Case packets may be picked up in the Self Help Center located in the third floor Law Library. Forms must be chosen to fit the litigant's situation.

Upon completion of the forms necessary for your case, you will need to file your forms at the Circuit Clerk’s Office room 108 at the civil counter. Fee due upon filing.

The clerk will issue one summons per party, and the filer will be responsible to have it served appropriately. If you choose to use the Winnebago County Sheriff’s Office for service, the clerk will collect the appropriate fees at this time.

The case will then be assigned the next appropriate First Return Court date or Case Management date.

It is the petitioner’s duty to follow the events of the case and appear for the court dates. Failure to do so may result in the case being dismissed.

A copy of the Voluntary Acknowledgment of Paternity may be available at the hospital where the child was born or Illinois Vital Records. 

Question: What do I do if I have been served with a summons?

Answer: Read the summons carefully and follow the instructions on the summons. If you wish to file an Answer and Appearance, download and complete the forms to the left. Fee due upon filing.

You must mail copies of the Answer and Appearance to the opposing party/attorney of record.

Pursuant to Illinois Statute (705 ILCS 110 / 1) the Circuit Clerk’s Office is unable to assist in the preparation of documents or give any legal advice.


Mailing Address: 400 West State St., Rockford, IL 61101
Phone: 1-815-319-4500 (8:00AM - 5:00PM CDT) 

© Winnebago County Clerk of the Circuit Court. All Rights Reserved. | Site Design & Developement by

close (X)