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With more than 44 years of family law practice on the Northside of Chicago, Attorney Van A. Schwab has handled a multitude of family law cases. He has witnessed the many ways family members can hurt each other physically and emotionally. The Law Offices of Van A. Schwab guides clients through legal challenges including divorce, property division, child custody, parentage, paternity, adoption, child support, divorce mediation, and collaborative law.

Chicago child custody and divorce lawyer Van A. Schwab is known among peers and past clients as a knowledgeable, personable, and effective family law attorney. His familiarity with the courts enables him to advise clients on the best routes to a favorable outcome in a paternity suit or child custody matter.

If you're looking for honest, personable, straightforward divorce or family law representation, contact the Law Offices of Van A. Schwab to schedule an appointment. We offer flexible hours and your initial consultation is a flat $125 fee.


  • J.D. - Southern Illinois University School of Law, 1978

  • B.A. - University of Michigan, 1973-1974

    • History

  • Boston University, 1971-1973

Bar Admissions

  • Illinois, 1978

  • Florida, 1982

  • New Jersey, 1982

Professional Associations

  • Board of Directors, Illinois Township of Attorneys Association

  • Member, Illinois Bar Association

  • Collaborative Lawyers Association of Illinois, Fellow Member

  • Chicago Bar Association, Member

  • American Bar Association, Member

  • Florida Bar Association, Member

  • New Jersey Bar Association, Member

  • Family Law Sections of the above Associations, as well, Member

Certified Legal Specialties

  • Cook County Child's Representative and/or Guardian Ad Litem by appointment of the court, 1989

  • Certified Fellow of the Illinois Collaborative Law Association, 2008

  • Completed 40-hour Mediation Certification through Northwestern University, 2008

  • Certified as an arbitrator for Cook County, IL pending civil cases, 2021