The Champaign County Family Court encompasses three different divisions of law: Domestic Relations, Juvenile, and Probate. All three case types are filed, heard, and decided here.
When a case is initiated, one of the two Judges is assigned on a random basis.
The philosophy of the Family Court is “one Judge, one family.” As such, once a Judge has been assigned at the case initiation phase, that same Judge will remain as the assigned Judge for all future matters involving the family.
» Domestic Relations
The Domestic Relations Division of the Family Court has jurisdiction over all matters which involve married or previously married individuals, as well as domestic violence civil protection orders. Cases filed in the Domestic Relations Division also include divorces, dissolutions, custody, child support, and post-decree motions for matters which have previously been before the Court.
The Juvenile Division of the Family Court has jurisdiction over all custody and child support matters where the parties are not married. Additionally, other types of cases filed in the Juvenile Division include delinquency, traffic, and unruly offenses for minors, as well as cases which involve Children Services.
The Probate Division of the Family Court has jurisdiction over matters involving estates, wills, trusts, name changes, adoptions, adult guardianships, and adult mental health cases.