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Paternity and Juvenile Court Attorneys in Cincinnati

Establishing the Paternity of Your Child

It is important to establish the legal paternity of a child for all parties involved. It gives fathers a legal right to participate in their child's life and upbringing. It gives mothers the right to seek child support payments from the father. And it gives children the benefit of the emotional and financial support of both of their parents.

The family law attorneys of Brinkman & Associates represent mothers and fathers in paternity issues and in Juvenile Court matters surrounding custody and child support.

Same Laws, Different Venue

In Ohio, when the father and mother of a child are unmarried, paternity, child custody, parenting time (visitation) and child support are all handled in juvenile court. The laws governing these issues are the same whether you are married or unmarried, but the court deciding the result is different.

A different court venue can make all the difference in the outcome of your legal issue. It makes sense to retain an attorney who not only knows the law, but is familiar with the unique culture and customs of each court. Our lawyers know the juvenile court system inside and out and are ready to assist you in obtaining the best possible outcomes for you and your child or children.

Protecting the Custody Rights of Unwed Mothers

When an unmarried woman gives birth, she automatically has statutory custody of her child. In certain circumstances, we may encourage unwed mothers to petition for legal court-ordered custody. This is a proactive measure that shows the woman has taken steps to protect her role as a custodial parent. If she fails to take this step and the father one day decides he wants custody, the parents may be treated equally in the eyes of the court.

Protecting Fathers' Rights

If you are an unwed father and fail to establish paternity of your child, you do not have any legal standing as a father. You cannot participate in decisions about education, medical care and religious upbringing. You won't be able to access your child's health or school records. You won't even be able to sign a permission slip for a school field trip. If you are living with the child's mother and your relationship ends, she will be able to pack your kid and move away without your consent. Our attorneys regularly represent fathers who want to participate in their children's lives. We can help you establish paternity, child support, custody, shared parenting, and parenting time (visitation) arrangements.

Our law firm represents men and women equally in issues involving the care and support of children. To arrange a consultation, please contact our office in Cincinnati, Ohio. 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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