Summerfield Family Lawyers

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Kelly Garrett-Hicks
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Kelly Garrett-Hicks

Illinois Family Law Attorney with 14 years of experience

Ms. Hicks has been practicing law in St. Clair and Monroe Counties for more than 10 years. She has successfully tried numerous divorce and custody cases. She is also an experienced mediator. Ms. Hicks grew up in a... Read More »
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Gary W. Wangler
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Gary W. Wangler

A trusted name. Serving families.

Experienced professional legal representation for criminal defense, drug cases, divorce, child custody and support, adoption, domestic violence, DUI/DWI, lawsuits, trials and appeals. Gary Wangler is an experienced... Read More »
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Kirk C.  Stange
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Kirk C. Stange

Illinois Family Law Lawyer with 20 years of experience

If you are going through a divorce or family law matter, it can feel like your whole life is hanging in the balance. Not knowing what will happen to you or your family can can be overwhelming. To help clients with... Read More »
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Kelley V. Zuber
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Kelley V. Zuber
Lebanon, IL Family Law Attorney with 21 years of experience
(618) 513-0716 107 W. St. Louis Street
Lebanon, IL 62254
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
I am a former prosecutor for Jackson, St. Clair, and Union Counties with extensive trial experience ready to help you when you need it most.
Jamie Mitchell
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Jamie Mitchell
O'Fallon, IL Family Law Attorney with 11 years of experience
(618) 855-9033 220 E. State Street
O'Fallon, IL 62269
Family and Divorce
Saint Louis University School of Law
Jeremy W. Sackett
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Jeremy W. Sackett
Edwardsville, IL Family Law Attorney with 15 years of experience
(618) 692-8225 315 N. Main St. Suite 1
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Family, Criminal, DUI and Personal Injury
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Jeremy Sackett is a former prosecutor with 10 years of courtroom intensive experience. He now represents clients in matters of criminal defense, personal injury, traffic violations, and DUI's.
Edward J. Blake Jr.
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Edward J. Blake Jr.
(855) 886-1529 521 West Main Street
Suite 100
Belleville, IL 62220
Free ConsultationBelleville, IL Family Law Lawyer with 42 years of experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Saint Louis University School of Law
Blake Behme Gilbreth Links, P.C. has offices in Belleville, Collinsville, Edwardsville, Carlyle and Effingham, Illinois. AREAS OF PRACTICE: Probate Law, Family Law, Real Estate Law, Tax Law and Estate Planning, including Business, Child Custody, Child Support, Collaborative Divorce, Commercial Real Estate, Consume Protection, Debt Settlement, Divorce, Divorce Mediation, Estate Planning, Wills, Trusts, Breaches of Fiduciary Duty, Family, Foreclosure, Landlord/Tenant, Legal Malpractice, Litigation, Civil Lawsuits, Military Divorce, Nursing Home, Personal Injury, Probate, Estate Settlement, Real Estate, Securities, DCFS, Tax, Internal Revenue Service, Illinois Department of Revenue, Illinois Department of Employment Security and White Collar Crime.
Jillian Wood
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Jillian Wood
(855) 805-0595 115 Lincoln Place Court
Suite 101
Belleville, IL 62221
Belleville, IL Family Law Lawyer with 11 years of experience
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Saint Louis University School of Law
Jillian A. Wood is the Managing Partner at Stange Law Firm, PC. As part of her role, Jillian manages the legal functions within the law firm as well as important administrative matters.

Adopted by two lawyers, Jillian followed in her parent’s footsteps and became a lawyer to help her clients get what they deserve. Jillian makes sure you understand your rights in your family law case. She understands that you need someone you can lean on during this difficult time and will make sure you are kept up to date with your case. As a trained mediator and collaborative law attorney,...
Nathaniel Elmore
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Nathaniel Elmore
Edwardsville, IL Family Law Lawyer with 5 years of experience
(618) 692-8225 315 N. Main St.
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Personal Injury
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Nathaniel A. Elmore was born in Granite City, Illinois. He received his law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2014. After graduating from SIU Law he clerked for the Williamson County Public Defender’s Office, where he assisted in all stages of murder, felony, and misdemeanor trial practice, gaining invaluable courtroom experience.

After leaving the public defender’s office Nathaniel returned to Madison County, Illinois, and began working with a Family Law focused firm. There he became accustomed to high asset divorce and complex litigation, handling cases such as divorce, custody, visitation, child support, the division of assets, and guardianship...
Kathleen L Hammock
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Kathleen L Hammock
Highland, IL Family Law Lawyer
(618) 882-4525 In Highland...
102 Executive Dr.
Highland, IL 62249
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Business and Divorce
Saint Louis University School of Law
Hammock Law LLC was formed in 2010. The firm focuses entirely on providing mediation services to businesses and individuals. Many referrals come directly from lawyers whose clients would like to bring an end to a lawsuit or other type of dispute. And many people come directly to mediation before a lawsuit is filed or even before lawyers are retained.
Amy F. Campbell Spector
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Amy F. Campbell Spector
Belleville, IL Family Law Lawyer with 11 years of experience
(618) 551-0300 20 E. Main Street
Belleville, IL 62220
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Estate Planning and Probate
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Amy F. Spector is a managing partner with Hicks & Spector, L.L.C. She is licensed to practice law in the State of Illinois . Ms. Spector holds a B.S. in Business Administration from The University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where she majored in Marketing and minored in Psychology. Ms. Spector received her Juris Doctorate Degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois, where she was an active member of the Phi Alpha Delta legal fraternity, as well as the student division of the American Bar Association.

After law school, Ms. Spector went on...
Kelly Garrett-Hicks
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Kelly Garrett-Hicks
Belleville, IL Family Law Attorney with 14 years of experience
(618) 551-0300 20 East Main Street
Belleville, IL 62220
Free ConsultationFamily, Arbitration & Mediation, Divorce and Estate Planning
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Ms. Hicks has been practicing law in St. Clair and Monroe Counties for more than 10 years. She has successfully tried numerous divorce and custody cases. She is also an experienced mediator. Ms. Hicks grew up in a small town in Monroe County and returned to the area to practice law. She resides with her husband and son in Columbia.
Anna Feygina
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Anna Feygina
Belleville, IL Family Law Lawyer with 6 years of experience
(618) 310-3711 115 Lincoln Place Court, Suite 101
Belleville, IL 62221
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Saint Louis University School of Law
Anna Feygina is an Associate Attorney in the Belleville office of Stange Law Firm, P.C., and is licensed to practice law in Missouri and Illinois. She has limited her practice to family law, including divorce, child custody, child support, paternity and other family law matters. Ms. Feygina was born in St. Petersburg, Russia and moved to St. Louis, Missouri with her family at the age of fifteen. Ms. Feygina received her Juris Doctorate from Saint Louis University Law School. While attending law school, she worked for over two years at the Legal Services of Eastern Missouri handling family...
Andrew J. Rankin
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Andrew J. Rankin
Belleville, IL Family Law Lawyer with 10 years of experience
(855) 805-0595 115 Lincoln Place Court
Suite 101
Belleville, IL 62221
Offers Video ChatFamily, Arbitration & Mediation and Divorce
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Drew is originally from Highland, Illinois and is a Partner for Stange Law Firm, PC who manages the Illinois offices of the firm. Drew obtained his Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management from Southern Illinois University. After college Drew worked as a professional pilot and flight instructor where he worked hand in hand with pilots and student pilots. Drew then went on and earned his Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois. After law school, Andrew gained experience working for another law firm in Illinois and the Office of the State’s Attorney for Madison County,...
Gary W. Wangler
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Gary W. Wangler
Belleville, IL Family Law Lawyer with 38 years of experience
(618) 206-6232 114 Lincoln Place Court
Suite #103
Belleville, IL 62221-7884
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Domestic Violence
University of Illinois College of Law
Experienced professional legal representation for criminal defense, drug cases, divorce, child custody and support, adoption, domestic violence, DUI/DWI, lawsuits, trials and appeals. Gary Wangler is an experienced attorney practicing in the Metro East and greater Southern Illinois area. Contact Gary Wangler with your legal questions or concerns at (618) 206-6232 or at (618) 514-3286 or by email at:garywanglerlaw@gmail.com. Gary Wangler is a graduate of the University of Illinois College of Law. He is licensed to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court, the Fifth District Appellate Court and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois. He has...
Dustin A. Maguire
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Dustin A. Maguire
Edwardsville, IL Family Law Attorney with 5 years of experience
(618) 692-5255 118 N. Kansas Street
Suite B
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Family and Divorce
Salmon P. Chase College of Law, Northern Kentucky University
Dustin Maguire is an Attorney and Mediator in Edwardsville. He works directly with his clients from the beginning to the end of their cases. Dustin focuses his practice on assisting family law clients in understanding how the law applies to their situation and providing the insight and information to make well-informed decisions.
Carmen Keller
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Carmen Keller
Belleville, IL Family Law Lawyer
(855) 805-0595 115 Lincoln Place Ct.
Suite 101
Belleville, IL 62221
Family and Divorce
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Finding a family law attorney in Belleville, Illinois is an extremely personal decision. Family law attorneys help through some of your most difficult times, touching on some of the most important aspects of your life. Carmen Keller is an understanding and empathetic Junior Associate Attorney who is able to help families through these difficult times.

Carmen graduated with her undergraduate degree in Communication Studies and received a minor in Pre-professional English. She graduated with honors, was named an Outstanding Senior in the Communications Department, and was a member of the National Society of Leadership and Success. She then continued her education...
Colin Artinger
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Colin Artinger
Belleville, IL Family Law Attorney with 3 years of experience
(618) 920-6439 15 N. 1st St. (Suite 200)
Belleville, IL 62220
Family, Business, Divorce and Estate Planning
Saint Louis University School of Law
Attorney Colin Artinger is the founder of Artinger Law, LLC and has distinguished himself as one of the St. Louis market's premier contract drafting attorneys focusing his practice on uncontested family law matters, estate planning, Qualified Domestic Relations Orders, and business law. Colin values that his work allows him to make a direct, positive impact on the lives of people who have experienced stressful or exciting events, such as navigating a divorce or starting a business. He has a genuine compassion for helping clients who need the services Artinger Law can offer.

Prior to law school, Colin graduated from Saint Louis...
Emily E. Scott
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Emily E. Scott
Swansea, IL Family Law Lawyer with 14 years of experience
(618) 416-3526 4509 N. Illinois St.
Ste 4
Swansea, IL 62226
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Emily is a determined and fierce advocate for her clients. At the same time her welcoming smile and friendly personality will put you at ease when discussing your legal problem. Emily has spent the last 12 years representing clients in real estate, eviction and installment sales contract cases. Whether it is negotiating a settlement or taking a case to court, Emily’s experience allows her to get results for her clients.

Emily has an Urban and Regional Planning degree from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and a law degree from Southern Illinois University. While in law school, she worked for...
Emma Curtis
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Emma Curtis
Maryville, IL Family Law Attorney
(855) 805-0595 25 Professional Park Drive
Suite B
Maryville, IL 62062
Family and Divorce
Saint Louis University School of Law
Emma Curtis is a Senior Associate Attorney with Stange Law Firm, PC. She puts the needs of her clients at the forefront and can assist clients with their divorce or family law matters from the firm's Maryville, Illinois office.

The choice of a lawyer is an important decision and should not be based solely upon advertisements. Emma Curtis is responsible for the content. Headquarters office: 120 S. Central Avenue, Suite 450, Clayton, MO 63105.
Michael J Swanson
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Michael J Swanson
Edwardsville, IL Family Law Attorney with 10 years of experience
(618) 692-8225 315 North Main Street, Suite 1
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Family, Divorce, Personal Injury and Probate
Saint Louis University School of Law
Michael J. Swanson is an experienced courtroom attorney who knows how to navigate the court system to aggressively represent his clients and maximize favorable outcomes. Prior to joining the law firm of Swanson & Sackett P.C., Michael served as the Managing Attorney in the Madison County State's Attorney's Office child support division. In this role, he handled thousands of cases each year and gained extensive courtroom experience. Michael earned his Juris Doctorate at Saint Louis University and his bachelor's degree at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (SIUE), which he attended following his six-year enlistment with the U.S. Air Force....
Stan Weller
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Stan Weller
Belleville, IL Family Law Attorney with 22 years of experience
(618) 277-3476 1 S. Church St.
Suite 202
Belleville, IL 62220
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
Stan R. Weller is a practicing attorney in the Southern Illinois/Metro East St. Louis area. He established the Weller Law Firm in 2006 after a number of years in private firms, as well as a period with the Illinois Attorney General’s office working in the Sexually Violent Persons Unit. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Wisconsin, Madison in 1992 and his Juris Doctorate degree from the Southern Illinois University of Carbondale in 1998. He is a certified mediator, arbitrator, and former guardian ad litem, but concentrates his practice in the areas of family law and...
Angela Dahn Tanner
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Angela Dahn Tanner
Edwardsville, IL Family Law Attorney with 19 years of experience
(618) 307-7100 5 Club Centre Ct.
Suite A
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Family and Divorce
Washington University School of Law
Regina Wells is a Senior Associate Attorney at Stange Law Firm, PC in the West County office located in Ellisville, Missouri. She is licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri. Regina represents clients in a wide variety of family law matters, including, divorce, child custody, child support, guardianship and other domestic relation matters. Note: The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements. Regina Wells is responsible for the content. Principle place of business 120 South Central Avenue, Suite 450, St. Louis (Clayton), MO 63105.
Jeanna N. Storment
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Jeanna N. Storment
(618) 233-7900 521 W. Main St.
Suite 100
Belleville, IL 62220
Free ConsultationBelleville, IL Family Law Lawyer with 6 years of experience
Family, Divorce, Foreclosure Defense and Probate
Thomas Goode Jones School of Law, Faulkner University
Devin C. DiDominicus
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Devin C. DiDominicus
Edwardsville, IL Family Law Lawyer with 5 years of experience
(618) 692-8225 315 N. Main Street
STE 1
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Free ConsultationFamily, Criminal, Divorce and Probate
DePaul College of Law
Devin C. DiDominicus was born in Granite City, Illinois. He received his law degree from DePaul College of Law in Chicago, Illinois where he won awards for his superior performance in trial advocacy, litigation strategies, and securities law. After spending time with the Cook County Public Defender’s Office, he returned to southern Illinois to open his own practice. While practicing on his own, he handled family cases, including complex and contested divorces, as well as criminal and testamentary matters. Counselor DiDominicus now works with the firm of Swanson and Sackett, P.C.
Richard J Coffee
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Richard J Coffee
Belleville, IL Family Law Lawyer
123 W Washington
Belleville, IL 62220
Family and Divorce
With more than 35 years as an attorney, Richard Coffee has experience in the areas of business, real estate, insurance, education, juvenile court, probate, trusts, bankruptcy, foreclosure, and family law to better serve our clients. Richard Coffee has extensive family law advocacy experience, including representation on behalf of clients who are current or retired military personnel, clients with matters involving state jurisdictional issues when families relocate, clients with government or private retirement valuation and division issues, and cases involving public education issues. ?Prior to engaging in private practice in southwestern Illinois for the past 16 years, Richard Coffee...
Robert Elovitz
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Robert Elovitz
Edwardsville, IL Family Law Lawyer with 31 years of experience
(618) 692-4800 521 St Louis St
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Free ConsultationOffers Video ChatFamily, Criminal, DUI and Divorce
Southern Illinois University - Carbondale
27 years experience defending those accused of serious criminal offenses. Over 20 years experience representing people in contested family matters and high-asset divorces. Extensive jury trial experience in criminal and civil courts. 24 years experience in the defense of serious Federal Criminal cases.
Gale P. Stipes
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Gale P. Stipes
Edwardsville, IL Family Law Lawyer with 37 years of experience
(618) 692-9444 220 S Buchanan St
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Family, Arbitration & Mediation, Consumer and Divorce
At Law Office of Gale P. Stipes, P.C., our clients always come first. Every client is treated with courtesy and honesty. We will keep you informed through the entire case and pride ourselves on being accessible to our clients. Our experience and integrity have earned us a reputation as one of Madison County, Illinois' premier legal firms. Whether we are representing you in a divorce, child support, visitation or other family matter or are mediating your divorce or visitation issues our experience and consistent track record of uncompromising ethics instills confidence and trust. Attorney Gale Stipes is dedicated to representing you...
Patricia L Dennis
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Patricia L Dennis
Edwardsville, IL Family Law Attorney with 23 years of experience
(618) 659-9200 Lexow Professional Building
60 S State Highway 157, Suite D1
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce and Domestic Violence
Saint Louis University School of Law
Megan M. Nolan
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Megan M. Nolan
Edwardsville, IL Family Law Attorney with 11 years of experience
(618) 307-7100 6 Club Centre Ct.
Suite A
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Free ConsultationFamily and Divorce
Saint Louis University School of Law
Sarah E Ward
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Sarah E Ward
Belleville, IL Family Law Lawyer
(618) 825-0059 123 W. Washington
Belleville, IL 62220
Family and Divorce
Sarah E. Ward is a Partner with Coffee Ward & Bower, LLP. Sarah Ward has practiced over 6 years in Belleville, Illinois, primarily in the area of family law and has represented families in St. Clair County, Madison County, Monroe County, Clinton County and counties throughout Central and Southern Illinois. Sarah Ward has extensive family law advocacy experience, including representation on behalf of clients in contested custody and removal matters, as well as those who are current or retired military personnel. Sarah Ward has presented at legal education seminars in St. Louis on family...
Jennifer Behme
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Jennifer Behme
(618) 233-7900 521 W MAIN ST
Suite 100
BELLEVILLE, IL 62220
BELLEVILLE, IL Family Law Attorney with 12 years of experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Probate
Natalie G Bower
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Natalie G Bower
Belleville, IL Family Law Attorney
123 W Washington
Belleville, IL 62220
Family and Divorce
Natalie Bower is a Partner with Coffee Ward & Bower, LLP and has devoted her practice for the past 7 years exclusively to the area of family law. Natalie Bower’s experience includes advocating for clients in contested and non-contested divorces, establishing parentage (paternity), litigating initial determinations and modifications of child custody, child support and spousal support (maintenance/alimony) matters, as well as handling Orders of Protection, military divorces, jurisdictional disputes, and asset/property and retirement divisions. Natalie Bower has represented families in St. Clair, Madison, Monroe, Clinton and Macoupin Counties as well as other surrounding counties. Natalie...
Megan M. Gilbreth
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Megan M. Gilbreth
(618) 233-7900 521West Main Street
Suite 100
Belleville, IL 62220
Free ConsultationBelleville, IL Family Law Attorney with 7 years of experience
Family, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Estate Planning
MEGAN M. GILBRETH, born in Belleville, Illinois.

License: Illinois 2012
Education: Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (B.S. in Social Work, Summa Cum Laude, 2007); St. Louis University School of Law (J.D., 2010)

Areas of Practice: Ms. Gilbreth practices in the following areas of law: Family Law, Divorce, Guardianships, Estates and Trusts, Litigation, as well as General Practice.

Illinois State Bar Association Section Member: Family Law
Roza Berlinski Gossage
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Roza Berlinski Gossage
Belleville, IL Family Law Lawyer with 48 years of experience
(618) 277-6800 521 W Main St
Belleville, IL 62220
Family, Bankruptcy, Divorce and Estate Planning
Heidi D. Hagen
O Fallon, IL Family Law Attorney with 16 years of experience
(231) 903-2142 331 Woodford Park Dr
O Fallon, IL 62269
Family
John J. Kurowski
O Fallon, IL Family Law Lawyer with 24 years of experience
(618) 277-5500 1405 N Green Mount Rd
O Fallon, IL 62269
Family, Divorce and Insurance Defense
Saint Louis University School of Law
Adam Schaffer
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Adam Schaffer
Belleville, IL Family Law Attorney
(618) 310-3711 115 Lincoln Place Court
Suite 101
Belleville, IL 62221
Free ConsultationFamily, Divorce, Domestic Violence and Juvenile
Saint Louis University School of Law and Loyola University Chicago School of Law
Adam Schaffer is a Senior Attorney at Stange Law Firm, PC. Stange Law Firm, PC is a family law firm with multiple offices in the St. Louis Metro Area in Missouri and Illinois, including: St. Louis County (Clayton), Missouri West St. Louis County (Ellisville), Missouri Jefferson County (Arnold), Missouri Franklin County (Union), Missouri Madison County (Edwarsdville), Illinois St. Clair County (Belleville), Illinois St. Louis City, Missouri (By Appointment Only) Call us today at 314-963-4700. *The choice of a lawyer is an important decision that should not be based solely upon advertisements.* Adam Schaffer is responsible for the content. ...
Justin Michael Whitton
Belleville, IL Family Law Attorney with 15 years of experience
(618) 234-1200 111 West Washington St
Belleville, IL 62220
Family, Business, Criminal and Divorce
St Louis Univ School of Law
Rhonda Fiss
Belleville, IL Family Law Attorney
(618) 233-8590 23 Public Square
Belleville, IL 62220
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
John Barberis Jr
Edwardsville, IL Family Law Attorney
(618) 692-9696 201 E Vandalia St
Edwardsville, IL 62025
Family, Business, Divorce and Personal Injury
Steven Katzman
Belleville, IL Family Law Lawyer
(618) 235-2110 300 S Charles St
Belleville, IL 62220
Family, Divorce and Personal Injury
Donald Urban
Belleville, IL Family Law Attorney
(618) 233-8383 26 E Washington St
Belleville, IL 62220
Family, Bankruptcy and Divorce

Summerfield Family Legal Aid & Pro Bono Services

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.
(618) 398-0958
East St. Louis, IL

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Dealing with family law issues?

Family law generally concerns domestic relations and family-related matters such as marriage, civil unions, domestic partnerships, adoptions, paternity, guardianships, domestic abuse, surrogacy, child custody, child abduction, the dissolution of marriage and associated issues. Each state has its own set of family laws, and traveling across state borders can sometimes affect your rights and those of your family.

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