At the Law Offices of Susan Parnell Wilson, we represent clients from all walks of life in family law matters, ranging from divorce, child and spousal support and custody issues to marital property division, probate and estate revisions.
We primarily practice family law and can offer you exceptional representation that guides you through the process from start to finish, pointing out common pitfalls and mistakes. We will also assist you in needed revisions to wills, powers of attorney and other probate areas to reflect these new changes in your life.
Illinois Divorce and Child Custody Attorney
At the Law Offices of Susan Parnell Wilson, we firmly believe in the mediation process and the benefits it can bring to divorce and child custody proceedings. As a licensed mediator since 1993, attorney Susan Parnell Wilson finds that agreements and divisions reached through mediation are less often contested or in need of modification later. If appointed by the court, she will seek to help opposing parties reach a resolution that brings closure and allows both of them to move past the marriage or paternity relationship to healthy futures. However, our office will not be able to be both a mediator and an attorney representing one of the parties, as this is a conflict.
Assuming our office has not done the mediation, we will thoroughly represent your interests in court. We deal with family law situations every day, and we are aware of the situations that may arise as your case progresses. You can be assured that our lawyers and staff will keep you abreast of every development, and we will educate you thoroughly to avoid any surprises.
14 South Second Street
Belleville IL 62220
At the Law Offices of Susan Parnell Wilson, we carefully guide you through the divorce process.
We treat each client with respect and handle cases in a personable and complete manner. As we visit with you, we will discuss where you want to be after the divorce and help create a plan to get you there. Our lawyers will handle the appropriate paperwork for you and will be careful of every detail. Through each phase of property division, custody and support issues, we will be at your side, representing your best interests.
Division of Retirement Funds
Some couples attempt to handle their divorce themselves and run the risk of omitting steps needed to secure retirement and estate plans, including the transfer of investments and property rights. We will guide you by following up with the appropriate documents and court orders needed to assure you have the assets you are entitled to at retirement. Without this kind of step-by-step guidance, you could lose your legal rights to these assets.
Don't sell your property rights short at the time of the divorce thinking you'll be able to obtain them later you won't.
Illinois Child Custody and Support Attorney
If you do not carefully divide all of your property during the dissolution process, you may lose it. If you do not address it during the ongoing divorce proceeding or should you not appeal the decree within 30 days of the finalization of your divorce, the courts can no longer address the assets in question. If at that point the assets in question are not divided, you will lose your rights to them forever. This includes retirement accounts and pensions.
The law firm of Susan Parnell Wilson was founded in 1991, concentrating in family related cases. Although Susan Wilson is licensed in Illinois and Missouri, the firm primarily practices in St. Clair County, Illinois. The firm staffs two paralegals and a secretary/receptionist. The cases handled most frequently include divorce, child custody, support issues, domestic violence, modification of divorce and custody decrees, paternity, and grandparent rights and visitation.
Additional areas of practice in which the attorneys and paralegals are experienced include misdemeanors, estates, wills, and powers of attorney. These additional areas of practice naturally flow from the family-related areas and are often necessary to complete problems which arise during or after completion of the family matters.
Attorney Susan Parnell Wilson possesses high academic credentials, maintains strong community ties, is committed to the pursuit of excellence, communicates effectively, and demonstrates the strictest personal and professional ethics, as well as the utmost concern for our clients. With more than 26 years experience in family law, Ms. Wilson is primarily a litigator spending the majority of her day in hearings.
Appointments with new clients are primarily scheduled around the trial schedule and are usually early in the morning or late in the afternoon. Attorney Wilson is also a licensed and experienced mediator and arbitrator. She has been mediating family-related issues since 1993. As an arbitrator for St. Clair County Arbitration programs, she arbitrates several cases each year acting as an arbitrator judge in personal injury and property damage cases.
The firm, although all female, has a high concentration of male clients, and has had success in gaining custody for fathers on numerous occasions. The firm excels in catering to a wide range of emotionally-charged issues and helps the clients cope while going through their crises, as well as helping them develop skills to face "life after divorce."
The firm brings with it a wide range of past experience in that Susan Parnell Wilson taught high school English/French for 10 years prior to attending law school. Attorney Wilson's paralegals have formal training, as well as several years' experience, in diverse areas including personal injury.
Areas of Practice
-Custody & Visitation
-U.S. District Court Southern District of Illinois, 1987
-Supreme Court of the United States of America, 1993
-Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri
--J.D. cum laude - 1985
-Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois
--M.S.Ed. cum laude - 1978
--Major: French Education
-Greenville College, Greenville, Illinois
--B.A. cum laude - 1972
--Major: French Education
Professional Associations and Memberships
-St Clair County Bar Association, 1992 - Present
-St Clair County Bar Association, Former Member, Board of Directors
-Illinois State Bar Association , 1985 - Present
Past Employment Positions
-Unit District 196 Dupo Illinois, High School Teacher, 1972 - 1982
-President of Teachers Union, Dupo Federation of Teachers
-Lobbyist For Illinois Federation of Teachers, 1978 - 1982
Saint Louis University School of Law