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Cincinnati Child Custody & Parenting Time Attorneys

Allocation of Parental Rights and Responsibilities

The attorneys of Brinkman & Associates in Cincinnati, Ohio, help clients establish, modify and enforce court-ordered child custody and parenting time arrangements. We take the time to explain the various options available to those who need to establish or reallocate their parental rights and responsibilities.

Persistent Myths About Shared Parenting

Over the years, we have found that people frequently have misconceptions about what shared parenting is. Many believe shared parenting means a 50/50 split of the child's residence with no child support paid to either party.

Shared parenting can mean just about anything you want it to mean, but usually it means that both parents make all of the decisions regarding the children jointly. We will help you consider alternatives and develop a parenting plan that works for you and your children.

Our approach is to be very specific in the parenting plans we help you develop. When both parties clearly understand their rights and responsibilities, there is less cause for conflict. It is said that children do better when the conflict between the parents is reduced. Our goal is to develop agreements that work in the real world, not just on paper. Our experience in observing and solving many child-related disputes over the course of 23 years will help you avoid problems in the future by drafting documents that build in as much specificity as your situation requires.

While we are often successful in settling custody and parenting time issues outside of court, we are willing to take your case through mediation and before a judge, if necessary.

What's Best for the Children?

All parenting plans must be in the best interest of the children. We take this directive seriously. Our lawyers may recommend family counseling if we believe it will be a more efficient and productive way to resolve disputes. In certain circumstances, we may recommend that a guardian ad litem be appointed to protect the interests of the child or children.

In addition to representing parents, we represent grandparents, aunts, uncles and other third parties in custody and visitation claims.

While we always put the children first, we are committed to helping our clients reach their goals. To learn how we can be of assistance to you, please contact us by e-mail or 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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