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Steven Palme'

Child custody Attorney at Raleigh, NC

5.0   7 reviews
  • Licensed for 18 years
    State NC
    Acquired 2005
    Active No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Steven

Learn Steven’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Child custody
    Child custody and interstate child custody

    19 years

  2. Child support

    19 years

  3. Divorce and separation

    19 years

  4. Alimony
    Poststeparation support and alimony

    19 years

  5. Domestic violence

    19 years

  6. Family

    19 years

  7. Marriage and prenuptials

    19 years


Steve Palme began The Palme Law Firm in 2009 and focuses primarily on family law issues, including child custody and child support, alimony, equitable distribution, domestic violence and family-law issues.  Steve has handled both interstate and international custody cases and is an experienced litigator.  The Palme Law Firm offers personal service and works to find cost-effective solutions for clients. 


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The Palme Law Firm, P.A.


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Posted by Justin | August 25, 2012
A wonderful asset in an unfortunate time.
Mr. Palme' was a wonderful asset to have in procuring justice throughout an unfortunate circumstance. Stuck with countless questions and uncertainties, not only himself but his wonderful team, were there to answer my questions and make sure justice would triumph. He is undoubtedly a professional, and knowledgeable, in his field of practice. I would recommend him to anyone that may find themselves in need of professional representation with family issues at heart. I could not thank him enough, and would defiantly seek out his services as my first choice if ever the circumstances arise again.
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Posted by Bryan | August 21, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
I could not ask for anything more in a law firm!
Steve Palme and the associates that work in his office performed above and beyond my expectations. I had a difficult divorce that required specific knowledge of the law to stop me from losing over half of my lifes savings. Steve researched the law that applied to my specific issues. He saved me from financial ruin. If you want your case and your specific issues addressed with thoughtful research and knowledge of the law then Steve Palme and the associates in his office are for you. I cannot thank him enough. His firm also bills in a fair and balanced manner giving good services for the money. I could not ask for anything more in a law firm!
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Posted by Travis | November 27, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Very compassionate
Mr. Palme' is a amazing attorney. Really puts you first and goes above and beyond for his clients. I used him for a custody case and I as the father won. I recieved the best possible out come for my child and it allowed me to be a fulltime father. I would recommend Mr. Palme' for anyone seeking a honest and trustworthy attorney.
Posted by AN | March 9, 2015
Professional, Knowledgeable, and Honest
Steve has represented me for over the past five years and I leave this comment with the highest recommendation! I don’t know what I would have done without his services. Steve is an extremely knowledgeable attorney. He is professional, assertive, well prepared, and extremely articulate in court. I believe most attorneys try to do what is right for their clients, but Steve actually does. Steve is very straightforward and tells you what to expect and what to prepare for. His expertise has been dead on accurate. He has been great about listening to my fears and concerns and then easing them. I always feel so much better after talking with him. Steve has a great staff, and he personally is a wonderful communicator, keeps me informed about where we are in the process and what the next steps will be. Steve has done an outstanding job preparing me for court. I have 100 % confidence in him. If you need a family law attorney and you want the best then call Steve Palme. Steve is a strong attorney that knows what he is doing. I would definitely recommend Palme Law Firm.
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Posted by Janet | March 1, 2015
Steve Palme' - Help Through and After a Difficult Divorce
I found Steve in 2008 from "the phone book." He helped me get through a difficult divorce, and guided me through a corresponding, and more challenging, equitable distribution agreement. Steve continues to help me "enforce" the terms of the agreement to a resistant ex-spouse. Steve is extremely knowledgeable, hard-working, responsive, honest, and supportive. I would definitely recommend his services to anyone needing legal help with divorce and equitable distribution agreements...including any enforcements, if necessary.
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Posted by Paul | February 27, 2015
A Fantastic Legal Team!
I would highly recommend Steve Palme and his staff to represent anyone in need of good solid family law advice. He digs well below the surface to find all relevant facts in your case, and makes sure the client is comfortable with all decisions before preceding to court. He definitely helped me in my divorce case and property settlement, reaching EVERY goal we set out to achieve in the case. He does not waste your time or the court's time, saving you money over the long haul. Not to mention, he has an easy-going personality with you, but is tough when he needs to be (not to the point of intimidation) His staff of Rachel, his partner, and Andreina, his paralegal are so efficient and friendly as well. All of my questions were answered in a timely manner. I could not have picked a better lawyer to use in my case. He did what I thought, was the impossible, and made it possible for me to enjoy a normal life again. Thanks so much Steve and associates!!!
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Posted by Jessica | May 23, 2012
A Man of His Word
Mr. Palme handled my case with sympathy, integrity and made the grueling process bearable. I felt that both my daughter and I were in the hands of a professional and the outcome was the best that I could have hoped for at the time. He is very familiar with domestic violence which made me feel at ease and understood. I would recommend his expertise to anyone dealing with domestic/ custody issues. I am planning on working with him again soon.
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  • Hourly Rates $ 175-225 per hour
  • Retainer Sometimes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 9.2 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner
  • The Palme Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2009 - Present
  • Associate
  • The Ward Law Firm, P.A.
  • 2007 - 2009
  • Associate
  • Tharrington Smith
  • 2005 - 2006


  • Tulane University Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2005
  • Tulane University
  • B.A.
  • 1993


  • North Carolina Bar Association, Lawyer Referral Service Committee
  • Committee Member
  • 2014 - Present
  • North Carolina Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • North Carolina State Bar
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
  • Wake County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English


  • North Carolina State Bar Journal
  • “How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Lawyer Referral Service”
  • 2015
  • North Carolina Advocates for Justice
  • The Devil Is in the Details: Registering Out-of-State Custody and Support Orders
  • 2009

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (4)
Endorse Steven
Family Attorney | Dec 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I have worked with Steve on several cases from both the opposite table and with cases where our clients' interests intersect. He is creative, knows his way around the courtroom, and is a great advocate for his clients."
Family Attorney | Nov 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steven is a very knowledgeable attorney for family law. I endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Jul 03
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I am impressed with Mr. Palme's thoughtful advice and answers to legal questions on Avvo. He has an in-depth understanding of the law and an ability to communicate legal concepts clearly and effectively. I endorse this lawyer!"
Family Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve Palme is an excellent attorney and I would highly recommend him for any divorce related legal issue."
Family Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Steve is a wonderful attorney to work with in cases, and always willing to offer advice to fellow family law colleagues."
Family Attorney | Oct 15
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Steven. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
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