The Law Offices of Michael Rada
Family & Divorce Law
The Law Offices of Michael Rada
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A Family Law Practice Focused on Divorce and Post-Decree Matters in Lake, McHenry, DuPage and Kane Counties
TAKING ONLY UNCONTESTED AND LOW-CONTESTED DIVORCE AND POST - DECREE CASES
Uncontested Divorce and Low-Contested Divorce
Child Support Modifications
Parenting Time Modifications
Parenting Agreement Modifications
Affordable Divorce Options
Fixed Fee Pricing Available for Uncontested and Low-Contest Divorce Cases
No office visit required. All tasks can be handled remotely for your safety!
ASK ABOUT OUR FIXED FEE PAYMENT PLANS FOR UNCONTESTED DIVORCES
(see below for more information)
Filing for a divorce, being served with divorce papers, or having to navigate through a difficult family legal issue is one of the most stressful times in anyone’s life. As a family law attorney I help clients work through the complex and confusing court system while doing all that is in my power to achieve the best possible outcome for my clients.
Because I focus on uncontested and low-contest divorce cases and post-decree matters, I am able to give your case the attention and time that you deserve. Here, you won't have to wait for your case to drag behind another high-conflict case that keeps me in depositions and court for days on end. Here, I am able to focus my attention and do all that I can to get you through the process of your divorce or post-decree matter as efficiently and as cost-effectively as possible.
What is an Uncontested Divorce?
In many cases, a divorcing couple is able to agree on virtually all issues without the need or desire to battle it out in court, thus accumulating huge legal bills and perhaps years of litigation. When the parties are able to come to an agreement on the issues that need to be addressed on their own, such as property division, maintenance payments, parenting plans, etc., we have what is known as an Uncontested Divorce. Simply put, there are no, or relatively few contested issues to deal with. In these cases, the divorce can move from start to finish in a relatively quick and efficient manner. Please note that since child support payments are determined by statute in Illinois, only under rare cases can the parties negotiate a different payment from what the statute dictates.
I have no idea where my spouse is. Is this an Uncontested Divorce?
No. Before a case can proceed in this situation, you will need to prove to the court that you have exhausted all attempts to contact them. If the court allows the case to proceed without service on your spouse, it will make a ruling on what is known as a "Default Judgment." Remember, uncontested means that the parties agree on the issues. In a default case, the other party cannot be located, and thus there can be no agreement. Here, if a default judgment is awarded to you, it will be in your favor, however, because service has never occurred on your spouse (and thus your spouse's due process rights have not been satisfied), the court cannot make a ruling on things such as maintenance, child support, parenting time, division of property that is not personal property and division of any property outside of Illinois.
Why choose The Law Offices of Michael Rada?
I will offer you the support, consideration, and attention you desperately need during this challenging time. I believe that it is vitally important that lawyers listen to their clients so that there is a firm understanding of expectations and goals. I have the experience and the expertise to guide you through the difficult waters of your family law case and help you achieve a positive outcome. Also, I keep a case load that is sized so that I am able to give my clients the attention and urgency they deserve.
What about fees and retainers?
In most cases, full representation is billed at a rate of $250/hour. A retainer is required to begin our representation and the retainer will be required to be replenished if funds become low.
In many cases involving uncontested or low-contested cases, I am able to offer fixed-price engagements. See below for more information on this innovative pricing option.
In addition to the traditional full-service representation, I also offer plans that can be tailored to a client's needs and budget. Unbundled Legal Services may be the perfect answer for clients who are on a limited budget or are capable of doing some of the work themselves. Read below to learn more about this innovative and economical option.
Do you offer fixed fee alternatives?
Yes! For uncontested and low-contest divorce cases I am happy to offer fixed fee alternatives that allows us to better concentrate on your case, and not the number of hours being spent. Here we will agree on a payment plan such that automatic payments will be made from your credit card until the fixed fee amount is met. No more worrying about being charged for your emails and phone calls. Please ask for more information on this attractive legal pricing model if you have an uncontested divorce case.
Can you represent both sides of my uncontested case?
No. By doing so, I am unable to represent my client properly and this arrangement will quickly create a conflict of interest. Attorneys entering into representation where a conflict of interest exists violates the rules of professional conduct. Therefore, the opposing party must either represent themself or retain their own counsel.
Delaying your case could put you at risk.
Don't wait to get started. In many cases there are critical timelines that must be met. I can help you determine the next steps in providing the representation you need and work towards the outcome that you deserve - all at an affordable price in a client-focused and non-intimidating setting.
***IMPORTANT: Please note that we do not take cases involving restraining orders, DCFS, child abuse, domestic violence, incarceration, paternity disputes, guardianship or adoption. Cases such as these require an attorney who concentrates in those areas specifically and are not appropriate for the type of legal service that we provide.***
Unbundled & Limited Scope Services
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In addition to the traditional "full-service representation" at reasonable rates, I offer a variety of innovative services to persons faced with legal issues regarding divorce and family. This includes both contested and uncontested divorce, parenting time and allocation of parenting decision making responsibilities (formally called visitation and custody) and child support.
I understand that not everyone can afford the huge fees and up-front retainer payments that most "full service" representation may require, however, I also believe that the self-represented litigant (pro se) is best served with at least some legal representation helping them navigate through the difficult waters ahead. For that reason, in addition to traditional full representation, I offer clients limited scope / unbundled services. These services are typically billed in a fixed-fee per-task basis and payment is usually due in advance. In many cases, this service is a great alternative to the internet "online divorce" offerings which usually do not include any legal expertise or advice. Please let me know if you are interested in learning more about this cost-savings option for your case.