Integrity. Honesty. Resolve.Representing Individuals and Families.

Dwayne Douglas 

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Negotiating your way through a family law case can be difficult, whether it is a divorce, a proceeding regarding allocation of significant decision-making responsibilities, parenting time, a child support or maintenance issue, or any other family law matter. Your relationship with your children and your financial stability can depend on the outcome.
With decades of litigation experience, I am ready to help.

As a father, I understand the importance of a parent’s relationship with his or her children. Through my law practice and my service to individuals in my community, I have seen firsthand how a bad result in a family law matter can have a negative impact on people and their families for years! Because there is no “one size fits all” solution to address a client’s concerns, I focus on my client’s individual circumstances, and working together, we can find what needs to be brought to light to achieve the best possible outcome, whether through negotiations or presenting evidence in the courtroom.

Areas of Practice

  • Family Law
  • Divorce
  • Custody / Allocation of Significant Decision-Making Responsibilities
  • Visitation / Parenting Time
  • Removal / Relocation
  • Child Support
  • Alimony/Spousal Support
  • Adoption
  • Paternity/Parentage Action
  • Father's Rights
  • Mother's Rights
  • Modifications, Enforcements & Appeals

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1991


  • Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois
    • J.D. - 1990
  • Northern Illinois University
    • B.A. - 1987
    • Major: Psychology

Published Works

  • An Alternative to Prison Sentences for "Non-Probationable" Offenses: The Alcoholism and Other Drug Abuse and Dependency Act, Lake County Bar Association Docket, 1994
  • Changes to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 237 Have Arrived, Lake County Bar Association Docket, 2005
  • An Introduction to the Sexually Violent Persons Commitment Act, Lake County Bar Association Docket, 2005
  • Dispositive Motions in Family Law Cases, Lake County Bar Association Docket, 2006
  • When Can I Appeal a "Final" Judgment?, Lake County Bar Association Docket, 2007
  • Judicial Subcircuits: What are they? Why have them? Where do we go from here?, Lake County Bar Association Docket, 2008
  • Individual Retirement Account Withdrawals as "Income" for Child Support Purposes, Lake County Bar Association Docket, 2013


  • Speaker, Criminal Prosecutions and Order of Protection Proceedings: Possible Relationships to Family Law Proceedings, Hilton Head, South Carolina, 2003
  • Speaker, Sexually Violent and Dangerous Persons' Cases: A Nuts and Bolts Primer, Urbana, Illinois, 2006
  • Speaker, Dispositive Motions in Family Law Cases, 2-619 Motion to Dismiss, Motion for Summary Judgment, Motion for Declaratory Judgment, Savannah, Georgia, 2006
  • Speaker, When Can I Appeal a "Final" Judgment? Considerations for Family Law Practitioners, Santa Monica, California, 2007
  • Speaker, Retainers for Attorney's Fees, To Whom Does Your Retainer Belong, Washington D.C., 2008
  • Speaker, Guardianship and Custody Proceedings. Where do parents stand against third parties?, Puerto Vallarta, Mexico, 2009
  • Speaker, Wilson v. Clark, the principle and its development, Memphis, Tennessee, 2010
  • Speaker, Parentage Act of 2015, Nashville, Tennessee, 2016
  • Mock Trial Witness, Mock Trial Seminar, Scottsdale, Arizona, 2019
  • An Appellate Primer: the ABCs of Appeals, Napa, California, 2024

Honors and Awards

  • Super Lawyers, 2016 – 2020
  • Volunteer Lawyers Program, Lake County Bar Association, Pro Bono Award, 2004, 2012
  • Rated 10, Superb – AVVO

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Lake County Bar Association, Former Chair of the Family Law Committee
  • Jefferson Inn of Court, Former President
  • Illinois Bar Association, Member
  • Nineteenth Judicial Circuit, Arbitrator
  • Lake County Bar Association, Board Member, 2019-2022

Pro Bono Activities

  • Campaign for Legal Services for Prairie State Legal Services, Former Co-Chair
  • Township of Moraine, Ethics Commissioner, and former Trustee, Ethics Advisor, Member of the Grants Committee and Latino Advisory Committee, and liaison to the Human Rights Commission of the City of Highland Park
Dwayne Douglas
Dwayne Douglas
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