Family Law Attorney in Belleville, IL

We represent clients in a range of family law matters including divorce, parenting issues, support issues, marital property division, probate and estate revisions.

Mediation Lawyer in Belleville, IL

We firmly believe in the mediation process and the benefits it can bring to divorces and parenting responsibility allocation. We are licensed mediators.

Traffic & Criminal Law Attorney

If you were accused of a DUI or you received a traffic ticket for any alleged violation, let us protect your rights and work to minimize the impact on your life.

Belleville Family Law Attorneys Who Are Truly Responsive

Wilson, Dabler & Associates, L.L.C., is committed to being the most responsive divorce lawyers Belleville IL has to offer. We understand that this is one of the most challenging times in your life and that being informed is important to your state of mind. We return phone calls and answer emails as quickly as possible.

You can count on us to be organized and methodical during this trying time in your life. You can count on us for our stability and strength to help you not only survive, but thrive, throughout your transition. With Wilson, Dabler & Associates, L.L.C. you will receive the input and feedback that you need now more than ever.

We strive to educate and inform our clients on every step in the divorce or mediation process. Family law matters are, by their very nature, often frustrating and challenging for couples and parents as they make difficult decisions. Likewise, a DUI charge or traffic ticket has high stakes that can impact your life well into the future.

Our Belleville-based family law, mediation and divorce attorneys help make your difficult choices more understandable, giving you a clear perspective on what is going on and what might lie ahead for you and your family. Knowledge and understanding is crucial for making the difficult decisions around divorce, mediation and traffic law.

We Understand Issues Around Military Family Law

Military families have their own particular issues as they deal with family law situations. Wilson, Dabler & Associates, L.L.C. has added a staff member who has worked with military members, bringing in-depth knowledge to this area of divorce and family law.

If you are facing a divorce and are serving in the military, we can help you with division of property or parenting issues in Illinois. Contact us for a consultation to discuss your particular issues related to military divorce.


Mediation Services As A Family Law Option

We strive to point our clients to the most peaceable resolution possible. We offer mediation services and often recommend that approach. Family Law Attorney, Susan Parnell Wilson, has been a licensed mediator since 1993, and our experience suggests that families that have the opportunity to talk through their goals and concerns in an open and honest setting reach agreements that are more likely to be honored in the long term.

Attorney Heather Dabler, who recently became certified as a domestic mediator, brings to the table over 10 years experience in litigating family and personal injury cases. The 40 hour course, which she attended in January 2017, provided instruction in not only traditional mediation, but also collaborative mediation and other cutting edge concepts.

To schedule a mediation appointment, which would include both parties, please contact us today at 618-235-1600.

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Ms Wilson founded the law firm of Susan Parnell Wilson in 1991. The firm transitioned into Wilson, Dabler & Associates, L.L.C. in January 2018, in which Susan Wilson and Heather Dabler and their associates continue to concentrate in family related cases.. Although Susan Wilson is licensed in Illinois and Missouri, the firm primarily practices in the Illinois counties of St. Clair County, Madison, Monroe, Clinton, and Randolph. The firm staffs three paralegals and a secretary/receptionist. The cases handled most frequently include divorce, child parenting issues, 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 personal injury, DUI’s, 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 35 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.  In addition to family law, the firm’s paralegals have training in personal injury, criminal law and military law.  Heather Dabler previously practiced five years in a firm which handled personal injury and insurance defense cases and Sara Rice practiced four years as a public defender in St. Clair County.


Areas of Practice

  • Divorce/Legal Separation
  • Child Support/Maintenance
  • Parenting Time and Parental Responsibility Allocation
  • Paternity
  • Mediation

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1985
  • Missouri, 1986
  • 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

Wilson, Dabler & Associates, L.L.C.

14 South Second Street
Belleville, IL 62220

Contact Us

Fax - 618-235-1617




Office Hours

8:30am-5pm Monday-Thursday
8:30am-4pm on Fridays
Closed for lunch from Noon-1pm
After Hours Appointments Available

The Office of Wilson Dabler Law in Belleville, IL provides exceptional family law, general counsel, and mediation services in St. Clair County, IL including but not limited to serving: Belleville, Illinois, Fairview Heights, IL, O'fallon, IL, Shiloh, IL, Caseyville, IL, Millstadt, IL, Mascoutah, IL, Shiloh, IL, Swansea, IL, Dupo, IL, Cahokia, IL, Smithton, IL, Marissa, IL, Centreville, IL, Freeburg, IL, Lebanon, IL, and Sauget, IL.

Whether you need a divorce attorney in Belleville, a traffic law attorney in Fairview Heights, or divorce lawyer in Shiloh, you can count on Wilson Dabler Law for professional help. As divorce attorneys and licensed mediators in St. Clair County, Illinois, and Madison County, IL, we are here for families struggling with divorce and all that comes with it: child support, filing for divorce, probate and estate revisions, marital property division, parenting issues and more. We are proud to represent clients in Southern Illinois.