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Collaborative Divorce Lawyers in Cincinnati

When You Are Serious About Staying Out of Court

Collaborative law is an alternative dispute resolution (ADR) process that is designed to help couples end their marriages without the financial and emotional expense associated with a litigated divorce. At the law firm of Brinkman & Associates, our collaborative divorce attorneys in Cincinnati use this process to produce negotiated separation agreements that are durable, workable and serve the best interests of adults and children. Both Karen Brinkman is trained in the collaborative process.

What Is Collaborative Law?

In the collaborative law process, the two parties and their respective lawyers sign a participation agreement. This is a pledge, a contract, that they will do everything they can to develop a separation agreement without going to court. This approach requires full disclosure and principle-based negotiations with mutual respect that leads to effective and joint problem solving. This agreement will then be used as the basis for a dissolution of the marriage.

Should you decide to leave the collaborative process and head for the courtroom, you must find a new attorney. Our Ohio family law lawyers who participate in a collaborative divorce process cannot represent the same clients in a traditionally litigated divorce . Although mediation can be part of the collaborative law process, litigation cannot.

Consensus Not Threats

In collaborative law, the focus is placed on resolving differences, not on presenting ultimatums or making threats. In our role, we are fully engaged in helping clients work through their options and build consensus. We are not distracted by developing what we could later use against the other party in court.

We may bring in financial planners, psychologists, accountants or other professionals to provide assistance. The use of a neutral family relations specialist as part of the collaborative team is often a valuable resource. These professionals can provide all parties with the additional information and insight that is needed to develop sensible solutions.

Attorney Karen R. Brinkman is a member of the Cincinnati Academy of Collaborative Professionals, an organization of attorneys and other professionals who are dedicated to helping couples resolve their differences respectfully and thoroughly without litigation.

Call for a Consultation With an Ohio Family Law Mediation Attorney

We will meet with you to determine whether collaborative law is the proper fit for your divorce. Contact our Cincinnati collaborative divorce lawyers online or call 513-878-1437 to schedule a 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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