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When applying for legal help, make sure to mention you'd like help with Starting a Child Support Case.
The Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services (HFS) can start a child support case against the other parent. They will also handle all of the necessary paperwork throughout the case, free of charge. To receive these services, you will have to apply for their child support enforcement services (or the IV-D program). If you are currently receiving Medicaid or Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF), acceptance into the program is guaranteed.
These attorneys can assist you with starting a child support case for free, but ONLY IF you know the exact address for the other parent's place of residence. Unless you qualify for a fee waiver, you will have to pay to court filing fees to start the case.