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A Better Approach to Family Law

Cincinnati Family Law Attorneys

An Optimistic Approach to Family Law

Brinkman & Associates was formed in June 1998 by Karen Riestenberg Brinkman, an attorney who has been practicing solely in family law since 1986. Our lawyers are ably assisted by paralegal Tamara G. Wesley-Crossland, who has been supporting the work of attorneys for nearly 25 years.

Together, we are dedicated to helping our clients resolve their legal issues so that they can move on with their lives. It's an optimistic approach that focuses on the future while understanding and addressing the issues and concerns that brought you to this point.

Upfront and Straightforward

Our clients appreciate that we are upfront about the issues they are facing. We consider our clients partners in the resolution of their legal issues. That is why it is so important to us that we give them the facts they need to make informed decisions about their cases.

At the initial consultation, we will ask you to explain your situation and the outcome you desire. Then we will educate you about the laws that affect your situation. In a divorce case, for example, we will describe the difference between a divorce and a dissolution, explain the grounds for divorce, and discuss the issues involved in parenting, child support, spousal support and property division.

One of our clients told us that he learned more about the legal aspects of his case in 30-minutes than he had in six years with his former attorney.

We keep you informed of the potential costs, risks and benefits of various legal options. Our goal is to help you resolve your legal issue as quickly and cost effectively as possible. We will ask if you are willing to do certain tasks yourself, at our direction, to reduce your legal bills.

Settlement-Oriented, Courtroom Ready

In most cases, we first work toward a reasonable out-of-court settlement of issues in order to avoid the expense of a trial. However, we understand that not every issue can be settled this way. In these cases and in those where an emergency exists or their is a risk of harm to a person or property, you can rely on our skills as experienced courtroom litigators.

To discuss your legal concerns, please contact Brinkman & Associates in Cincinnati. Call toll free 866-761-7660.


I really appreciate the way Mrs. Brinkman handles difficult situations and difficult people.  She represents me with confidence, yet always makes sure that I know what is going on and that I fully understand my options.  Her paralegal Tamara, have also answered my questions promptly and professionally; and have helped me through some tough times.

-Lisa H.

Karen Brinkman was brilliant in court; I obtained full custody of my daughter and am extremely grateful.  She made my family, my witnesses, the other professionals, and myself very comfortable by constantly educating us and keeping us informed of the law and the legal procedures.  She deserves a lot of credit for her careful wording of motions and entries and her ability to take charge of out-of-control situations.

-Dave B.

Karen and Tamara went into action on behalf of my son and granddaughter.  Their caring attitudes come through in everything they say and do.  I am sure that I will be looking to Brinkman & Associates for legal advice and for common sense answers whenever I have a family law question in the future.

-Sandy E.

I was very thankful that I had Mrs. Brinkman on my side when I went to court regarding a modification of child support that had been requested by my former husband in the Hamilton County, Ohio, Juvenile Court.  She returns my calls and responds to my emails promptly and thoroughly.

-Debbie S.

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