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Cincinnati Child Support Lawyers

Financial Plans for Children

When your family structure is changing, it is important to make provisions for the financial support of your children. The Cincinnati child support attorneys at the law firm of Brinkman & Associates can help establish, modify and enforce support arrangements.

The amount of support is calculated by a worksheet, but there is a lot of room for interpretation of exactly what numbers should go into the formula. We are dedicated to digging deeply into the issues in order to obtain a positive result for you. Part of this is done through the determination of income.

What Is Income?

There are many provisions in the Ohio Revised Code devoted to defining income. Your pay stub is not the sole means of defining gross income. Income also includes your earning potential. For example, if you are a physician, but you are currently working at a lower income job, the court can impute income to you. Based on your earning potential, it might be more appropriate and in the best interests of your children to use an income of $200,000 instead of the $20,000 in wages you are currently earning.

What Is Reasonable?

Is it reasonable to expect someone to pay $8,000 in child care expenses when that person's income is only $10,000 per year? The same argument can be made concerning health care expenses and education expenses. Orders are also made in regard to health care premiums and non-covered expenses, such as orthodontia, psychological and dental needs. Additionally, the schedule that helps parents determine child support tops out at a certain level. Parents with a high income need our Ohio family law lawyers to help them determine an appropriate level of support since this is done on a case-by-case basis.

The court does not have to follow the formula set forth in the guidelines. We will explore options for deviating from the guidelines for reasons such as the sharing of child-related expenses, parenting time allocation, court-ordered payments, extraordinary medical expenses or parenting time travel expenses.

Call for a Consultation With an Ohio Support Enforcement Attorney

We provide effective representation for people who are facing issues regarding the support of children. Contact our Cincinnati child support lawyers online or call 513-878-1437 to schedule an initial consultation to discuss your situation.


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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