We serve clients in Cook, DuPage, Lake, Kane & McHenry Counties and are centrally located off Algonquin Road in Rolling Meadows between Schaumburg, Palatine, and Arlington Heights.

Our Experienced Family Law Attorneys specialize in the following areas:

Compassionate Divorce Attorneys

A divorce or separation can be a very difficult process for everyone involved. You may feel scared and vulnerable, or without any choices. It doesn’t have to be that way. At Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC, our goal is to get you through your divorce.

Our Family Law attorneys at WPD take the time to find out what is most important to you and determine the most effective strategies to reach your goals. Sometimes this means we have to fight hard. Other times we take a more amicable approach, depending on our clients goals.

You don’t have to go through this alone. Our divorce attorneys can help.

If you are considering a divorce or collaborative divorce and need a Chicago-area divorce attorney who will protect your rights and ensure you receive the property division, maintenance and child support you deserve, contact Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC at (847) 253-8800 and ask to speak with Nichole M. Waltz.

Meet our team of experienced, passionate attorneys. Check out our bios, or give us a call 847-253-8800

Our divorce lawyers have extensive experience and are able to explain the divorce and collaborative divorce process to you, including what you should expect, what the fees will be, and how the divorce and collaborative divorce process. Most of all, we will ensure that your rights and interests are protected.

Get the experience you want and need from a skilled divorce lawyer

The law firm of Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC has a long history of dealing with divorce and family law. We know that the decisions made during the dissolution process will affect your family for years to come and, in many instances, can never be undone or modified.

Our specific areas of focus are:

Each family law case is driven by a unique set of circumstances and each case is different. Because of this, every client deserves and should expect to receive personal and straightforward guidance from their attorney. Family law cases  often involve and can be traumatic life events that require sensitivity and understanding.

The Family Law team at Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC provides our clients with personalized care, and works diligently and earnestly to get the best possible legal results.

We help you understand Illinois divorce law

Illinois is a no-fault divorce state, meaning that “irreconcilable differences” is all the only basis for a divorce to be granted. This also means that actions or behavior that may be considered inappropriate, unacceptable or even illegal in our society might not considered in a court’s decision during a divorce case.

Many people are surprised to find out just how complicated divorce proceedings can be. A common misconception is that property will be divided 50/50. While it is possible that martial property may be divided 50/50, this is not the law in Illinois. Illinois is an equitable divided state. Equitable does not always mean equal. Therefore; one of the most pressing issues is determining marital and non-marital property, and the division of assets and liability. To truly get the best possible outcomes in your case, call the experienced divorce attorneys of Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC.

Collaborative Divorce

Collaborative Divorce takes a unique approach to address both the individual’s and the family’s needs during a divorce with the goal of enabling the parties to effectively and respectfully co-parent and/or coexist after completing the divorce process. Collaborative divorce requires two collaboratively trained attorneys and other collaboratively trained professionals to guide the parties through the process.

Collaborative Divorce to ensure a peaceful divorce

A collaborative divorce is unlike a traditional divorce in that in a collaborative divorce, the parties and their respective counsels and other team members will have a series of meetings to develop a mutually agreeable settlement on the issues of division of assets, liabilities, and parenting issues. Only after a settlement has been reached will the formal petition for dissolution of marriage be filed and the parties will therefore quickly proceed to complete the divorce.

Collaborative divorce is not limited to those individuals with children or those who may already be in agreement on a number of issues and is for anyone who is interested in potentially avoiding a litigious court battle and the financial expense that comes with it. The attorneys of Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC are here and ready to assist you with your collaborative divorce.

Maintenance (formerly known as spousal support or alimony)

In some cases, the court may order maintenance (formerly known as spousal support, or alimony), for a designated period of time. This usually occurs when one spouse will be left in a very poor financial position due to a divorce, while the other has enough means to live comfortably. Alimony in this situation is often temporary.

Maintenance support proceedings can be a very difficult process to figure out. You need the divorce attorneys of Waltz, Palmer & Dawson, LLC to help you get a fair maintenance award in your divorce.


There is a lot at stake for individuals when it comes to determining paternity. Parentage issues affect a number of areas, including parenting time (formerly known as visitation, child custody) and child support

All parents have the right to stand up for their children’s best interests. If you’re dealing with paternity issues, contact Waltz, Palmer & Dawson today.


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