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Raiford Dalton Palmer

Raiford Dalton Palmer

Managing Shareholder, STG Divorce Law
  • Divorce, Family Law
  • Illinois
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Biography

You are getting divorced, and you want to save your kids, your money, and your sanity. We understand your needs. We help smart, successful people get divorced efficiently while helping stay sane during tough times. Satisfied clients have referred us to friends and family since 1994.

I'm a divorce lawyer with over 20 years of experience. My bestselling divorce guide, I Just Want This Done, has received rave reviews on Amazon.com and in the media.

My law firm, STG Divorce Law, has been in business over 25 years. Our firm has a large team of skilled and empathetic divorce lawyers. We solve simple and complex divorce cases in the Chicagoland area, both by negotiation and by litigation in court if necessary.

Contact me so we can help you now.

Practice Areas
Divorce
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Family Law
Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Video Conferencing
  • Google Meet
  • Skype
  • Zoom
  • Microsoft Teams
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
    Visa, Mastercard, Discover
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Retainer required for hourly billed cases. Fixed fees available. $300 one hour initial consultation.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Illinois
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U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois
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U.S. Supreme Court
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Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Managing Shareholder, COO, Mediator
STG Divorce Law
- Current
Partner
Momkus McCluskey, LLC
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Partner
Angelina & Palmer, P.C.
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Senior Associate
Angelina & Garelli
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Coach, Mock Trial Team
Lewis University
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Attorney
Momkus Ozog & McCluskey
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Law Clerk
Wm. J. Sneckenberg & Associates
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Education
Loyola University Chicago School of Law
J.D. (1994) | Law
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University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign
B.A. (1991) | Political Science/Prelaw
Activities: Phi Sigma Kappa Fraternity
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Awards
Super Lawyer - Family Law
SuperLawyers
2016-2023, Mr. Palmer has been named a SuperLawyer in Illinois Family law every year since 2016. Only the top 5% of attorneys in family law are selected as SuperLawyers.
10.0 Superb Rating
Avvo
Top Contributor Award
Avvo
Clients' Choice Award
Avvo
Leading Lawyer, Family Law
Leading Lawyers Network
2015-2022
Top Attorneys in the Western Suburbs
West Suburban Living Magazine
Pro Bono Service Award
DuPage Bar Legal Aid Service
Professional Associations
American Bar Association
Member
Current
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DuPage County Bar Association
Member
Current
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Chicago Bar Association
Member
Current
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Will County Bar Association
Member
Current
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Illinois State Bar Association
Member
Current
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American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Fellow
- Current
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Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois
Fellow
- Current
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International Association of Collaborative Professionals
Fellow
- Current
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Publications
Articles & Publications
Navigating Internet Divorce – Expert Insight from STG Divorce Law Raiford Palmer
STG Divorce Law
A Parent’s Guide To Who Pays for College In Divorce In Illinois
STG Divorce Law
Navigating Cohabitation – An Essential Guide To Cohabitation and Cohabitation Agreements In Illinois
STG Divorce Law
The Truth About Filing For Divorce First
STG Divorce Law
Valuing A Business In Illinois Divorce – What You Need To Know About Goodwill
STG Divorce Law
I Just Want This Done - How Smart, Successful People Get Divorced Without Losing Their Kids, Money and Minds
E. James Publishing Co., Inc.
Tax Issues for the Non-Traditional Couple
DuPage County Bar Association
Valuation and Division of Business Assets in Divorce
DuPage County Bar Association
Grandparent Visitation - A practitioner's approach
Illinois State Bar Association
Speaking Engagements
Relocation of Children, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers/IICLE Columbus Day Conference
Seminar presented to judges and attorneys regarding the law governing relocation of minor children and custody/visitation in Illinois.
Authentication of Electronic Evidence, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers/IICLE President's Day Conference
Seminar presented to attorneys and judges regarding the techniques to authenticate and offer into evidence electronic evidentiary items such as social media posts, text messages, and electronic photos.
Child Support and Maintenance, Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Family Law Conference
Presentation to divorce attorneys and judges regarding the amended Illinois child support and maintenance laws.
Pretrial Litigation Tips and Tactics, McHenry County Bar Association Family Law Committee
Motions to Vacate Judgments, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
Proper Valuation of Assets in Divorce Cases, Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets
How to Obtain and Interpret Financial Documents in Divorce, Divorce Law: Common Mistakes in Dividing Assets
The Importance of the Team in Collaborative Divorce, Collaborating Financially
Ethical Dilemmas, Advanced Issues in Divorce
Resolving Disputes and Speeding up The Process, Advanced Issues in Divorce
The Business of Family Law In Chicago, LawTalkRadio
Written Reports for The Guardian Ad Litem, Guardian Ad Litem Training
The New Illinois Rules of Evidence in Dissolution of Marriage Cases, Continuing Legal Education Seminar
Understanding Martial Settlement Agreements, Joint Parenting Agreements, Postnuptial Agreements and Separation Agreements, DuPage County Bar Association Mega Meeting
Navigating the Storm of Divorce, Divorce Law Basics
Introduction to Divorce Litigation, The Oasis Experience Family Law Seminar
Introduction to Illinois Divorce Law and Practice, Introduction to Family Law
Certifications
Mediator
Center for Conflict Resolution
Collaborative Practice Lawyer
Collaborative Divorce Illinois
Websites & Blogs
Website
STG Divorce Law - Raiford Dalton Palmer Profile
Website
I Just Want This Done Book Website
Videos
Are you looking for a divorce lawyer? Here are 4 steps to vet and choose the right lawyer for your situation. Choosing the right lawyer for your case can make... 4 Steps to Finding the Right Divorce Lawyer | STG Divorce Law

Are you looking for a divorce lawyer? Here are 4 steps to vet and choose the right lawyer for your situation. Choosing the right lawyer for your case can make...

In this video, Raiford Palmer, managing shareholder of STG Divorce Law in Chicago, answers a viewer's question about prenups or premarital agreements and whether the prenup is binding. Raiford also... Are Premarital Agreements Binding in Illinois?

In this video, Raiford Palmer, managing shareholder of STG Divorce Law in Chicago, answers a viewer's question about prenups or premarital agreements and whether the prenup is binding. Raiford also...

In this video, Raiford Palmer, managing shareholder of STG Divorce Law in Chicago, and bestselling author of the best divorce strategy guide I Just Want This Done, walks us through... Filing a Divorce Case (Petition for Dissolution of Marriage) in Illinois

In this video, Raiford Palmer, managing shareholder of STG Divorce Law in Chicago, and bestselling author of the best divorce strategy guide I Just Want This Done, walks us through...

How do you report cryptocurrency on your taxes? If you made a profit on bitcoin or another cryptocurrency this year, you need to know about some important tax updates that... How to Report Cryptocurrency on Your Taxes | STG Divorce Law

How do you report cryptocurrency on your taxes? If you made a profit on bitcoin or another cryptocurrency this year, you need to know about some important tax updates that...

Raiford Palmer, Managing Shareholder of STG Divorce Law, published his bestselling book, I Just Want This Done: How Smart, Successful People Get Divorced Without Losing Their Kids, Money, and Minds.... I was issued a DUI... .can my ex bring this up in court?

Raiford Palmer, Managing Shareholder of STG Divorce Law, published his bestselling book, I Just Want This Done: How Smart, Successful People Get Divorced Without Losing Their Kids, Money, and Minds....

In this video, STG Divorce Law Managing Shareholder Raiford Palmer discusses the Illinois maintenance (alimony) laws and how they work. Maintenance (Alimony) Guidelines in Illinois

In this video, STG Divorce Law Managing Shareholder Raiford Palmer discusses the Illinois maintenance (alimony) laws and how they work.

Want to understand Illinois premarital agreements? Want to know whether an Illinois prenuptial agreement is enforceable? Premarital agreements are also known as prenuptial agreements. In this video, Raiford Palmer, bestselling... Premarital Agreements - The Basics

Want to understand Illinois premarital agreements? Want to know whether an Illinois prenuptial agreement is enforceable? Premarital agreements are also known as prenuptial agreements. In this video, Raiford Palmer, bestselling...

Should you hire a mediator to help negotiate your divorce? This week, we are covering what a mediator can do, what they can't do, and the pro's and cons of... Should You Hire a Mediator? | STG Divorce Law

Should you hire a mediator to help negotiate your divorce? This week, we are covering what a mediator can do, what they can't do, and the pro's and cons of...

Raiford Dalton Palmer, bestselling author and Managing Shareholder of STG Divorce Law in Chicago, Illinois, explains that if you are going through divorce, there are approaches that allow for an... Ways to Divorce WITHOUT Going to Court (Uncontested and Amicable Divorce)

Raiford Dalton Palmer, bestselling author and Managing Shareholder of STG Divorce Law in Chicago, Illinois, explains that if you are going through divorce, there are approaches that allow for an...

When choosing an attorney, it's important to watch out for these kinds of statements... These are all signs of a "Yes Man" lawyer, which can cost you wasted time and... Why You Don't Want a "Yes Man" Lawyer | STG Divorce Law

When choosing an attorney, it's important to watch out for these kinds of statements... These are all signs of a "Yes Man" lawyer, which can cost you wasted time and...

Legal Answers
1 Questions Answered
Q. Can mother with sole custody residing in separate state from the father,180 miles away, move to a state further away?
A: This depends largely on the terms of your divorce or parentage judgment. The parenting judgment should state who has parental responsibilities (custody) and how parenting time (visitation) is handled. It should also contain terms about relocation - moving the child over 25 miles from their location when the judgment was entered. If no terms are in the judgment, the law set forth in 750 ILCS 5/609.2 will govern relocation of the child. Generally speaking, if the other parent has left the state, it should be easier for you to relocate with the child.
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Contact & Map
STG Divorce Law
Naperville Office
650 E Diehl Rd, Suite 115
Naperville, IL 60563
Telephone: (630) 394-8285
Monday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
STG Divorce Law
Chicago Office
20 N Clark St., Suite 3300
Chicago, IL 60602
Telephone: (312) 561-9344
Monday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 7 AM - 11 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
STG Divorce Law
Park Ridge Office
11 N Northwest Hwy Suite 130
Park Ridge, IL 60068
Telephone: (630) 593-7837
Monday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
STG Divorce Law
Oak Brook Office
1415 West 22nd Street, Tower Floor #15
Oak Brook, IL 60523
Monday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Tuesday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM (Today)
Wednesday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Thursday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Friday: 8:30 AM - 8 PM
Saturday: Closed
Sunday: Closed
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