About Jeffrey Hawkins

Opioid Epidemic in Ohio Forcing More Grandparents To Raise Their Grandchildren

Caring for their grandchildren on a full-time basis is not what many people envision for their golden years but a growing number of grandparents across the United States are doing just that. According to recent U.S. Census data, an estimated 5 million grandparents are raising their grandchildren. A statistic that has more than doubled in the last 15 years.  The number of grandparents who are being … [Read more...]

10 Things Divorcing Parents Should Avoid With Their Children

Children are often the unfortunate victims of a divorce. Usually they don’t want their parents’ relationship to end, but no one has asked them about it. They are worried about what is going to happen to them. Will I have to move? What if Mom or Dad has a new boyfriend or girlfriend? What if they don’t like me? Can I somehow get my Mom and Dad to change their minds? Did I do something to make them … [Read more...]

Social Media Influence on Divorce Cases

Social networking sites allow users to connect with old friends and make new ones, but they also could put you in a compromising position in a divorce or child custody battle. Divorce lawyers are frequently using social networking sites to “discover” information they might not find using traditional methods of discovery (the process of gathering evidence and information preceding a trial). Your … [Read more...]

Need to Talk to a Friend About Divorce?

If you are facing a divorce, it helps to talk to a friend. A good place to start is talking to a friend who you have known for a long time just like the friends in this video: Make a New Friend Make a new friend by talking to an attorney about divorce who has extensive experience helping clients across northeast Ohio. That new friend is attorney Jeff Hawkins. Contact Jeff for a free … [Read more...]

Your First Time in a Divorce Court, What to Expect and What to Wear

If you have retained an attorney for a divorce and he or she has filed the appropriate Complaint for Divorce along with a Motion for Temporary Orders, your first hearing in divorce court will be for your Motion for Temporary Orders. When that day comes to appear in Court, many people wonder what they should expect and what they should wear.  Here's some general information to answer those … [Read more...]

What Will Happen To My Retirement Plan In My Divorce?

When a person is planning a divorce one of the questions that person has is: What will happen to my retirement plan when I get a divorce? Any type of retirement plan, pension and/or 401(K) is an asset subject to division by the domestic relations court regardless of how long the marriage or how long the person has been contributing to their retirement plan. The court will evaluate the value of … [Read more...]

How Long Do Divorced Parents Have To Pay For A Mistake in The Domestic Court System?

Like everyone else, parents are human and apt to make a mistake which may have an adverse impact on their parenting plan arrangements if they are subject to a domestic court order. For example, if a parent was to be charged with drunk driving while the minor children are in the car, in addition to the criminal implications, there may be an implication in the domestic relations arena as well. … [Read more...]

How Long Will It Take To Get a Divorce or Dissolution in Ohio?

Although this seems like a simple question, unfortunately there is no simple answer.  There are many variables to be considered from the time you begin the divorce process to the time the final order is signed.  The biggest variables are: 1. Where you file your divorce (in what Ohio county).  Each county in Ohio has a different way of treating each divorce case and in some courts each judge … [Read more...]

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