Yes. There is a service called C.A.R.P.L.S. that is available to assist you for free. C.A.R.P.L.S. stands for Coordinated Advice and Referral Program for Legal Services and is staffed by volunteer lawyers.
CARPLS is a legal aid agency that provides legal consultations to eligible persons in all subjects, including family law questions or cases. Legal services are provided through the CARPLS legal hotline and the CARPLS Domestic Relations Advice Desk. The CARPLS Domestic Relations Advice Desk is located at the Daley Center, in Room CL16. The desk is open Monday to Friday mornings from 9 to 1 p.m. excluding court holidays. To be eligible for CARPLS' services, the potential client must be income eligible, not have a complex or highly litigated case, and the agency has no conflicts of interest. There are a limited number of openings every morning at the Desk, and persons cannot be seen if the available openings have already been filled. You should have the important documentation about your legal matter with you when you talk to the CARPLS Desk attorney. Depending on the facts of your situation, documentation may include court orders (if a case has already been filed), your ID, proof of income, contact information for you, the name, birth date and address of the person who you are having problems with (your spouse or other parent), marriage license, and birth records for the children.
In some limited matters, attorneys at the CARPLS Domestic Relations Advice Desk may provide assistance with the drafting of legal pleadings, or make a referral to another legal aid agency if the person needs in court representation and an agency may be available. CARPLS attorneys DO NOT represent clients in court.
If you were not able to see a CARPLS attorney at the CARPLS Advice Desk because no openings were available, You can call the CARPLS legal hotline at 312-738-9200, where an attorney can review and advise on your legal situation, and determine whether the Domestic Relations Advice Desk is an option for your particular situation or case. Phone consultations with a CARPLS hotline attorney are available Monday through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Monday and Wednesday evenings until 7:30 p.m.