I’m Raiford Palmer, J.D., AAML, an Illinois divorce and family lawyer and author of I Just Want This Done. I am a shareholder at the law firm of STG Divorce Law, a law firm dedicated to family law located in DuPage County. I’ve practiced law since 1994. I have a wide variety of legal and business experience and am uniquely suited to handle your Illinois divorce case. I concentrate in complex divorce, prenups, and post-decree cases, and divorce appeals. I’m a Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, a select group of family law attorneys. I am a mediator, and a Fellow in the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois.
I’ve wanted to be a lawyer as long as I can remember. I always wanted to help people and give advice for serious life problems. As a family law attorney, many and varied legal issues are involved and no case is exactly like any other. I love listening to people and hearing about their concerns – these are very serious issues most dear to our client’s hearts. This business resides at the intersection of love, family, children, and money, and as a result emotions and concern run very high. I really enjoy solving these kinds of problems.
I have extensive litigation and alternative dispute resolution (mediation, arbitration, collaborative law) experience. I’ve tried many divorce cases and post-decree divorce and paternity cases. Aside from my divorce trial experience, my past litigation experience includes multiple jury trials (all personal injury cases), several bench trials for business litigation cases, numerous arbitration hearings, an appeal including oral argument before the Illinois Appellate Court, Second District, and even some criminal defense work. Additionally, business law as well as real estate law were sizable portions of my practice for several years before I focused exclusively in family law.
My concentration is in divorce and premarital agreement work, usually involving complex and extensive assets, high net worth clients, and complicated legal issues. I’m also quite comfortable with interstate custody cases and issues involving relocation or removal of children to and from Illinois.
I’m licensed to practice law in Illinois, before the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and the U.S. Supreme Court.
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