Self Help Legal Services, P.A.


If you are representing yourself in a family law case and need legal advice, help with your paperwork, or help preparing for  court then you have come to the right place. Areas of practice include Divorce, Paternity, Modifications, Enforcement, Alimony, Custody or Time Sharing, Child Support, Equitable Distribution, Relocations, Appeals, Step Parent Adoptions, and Domestic Violence. Self Help Legal Services, P.A. can help you at all stages of your family law case from the first pleading filed (opening the lawsuit), to complying with mandatory disclosure, to preparing for mediation, all the way to preparing you for trial. Help is here. Through Self Help Legal Services, P.A. you will have the benefit of an experienced attorney behind the scenes able to offer you the help you need, when you need the help, all while you control the costs.

Helping Individuals & Families Since 1999

Litigation or Negotiation? There are only two routes to take when you’re in the middle of a family law case. You can negotiate a settlement or you can litigate the issues and let a Judge decide time sharing, allocation of assets and liabilities, whether alimony is paid and how much, who pays attorneys fees and costs, and other issues in dispute. Mediation and Settlement Negotiations are part of the litigation process. In Gainesville, FL, almost every single family law case is referred to mediation, allowing the parties the opportunity to resolve their own issues. Most of us live in a culture where we just pay the price on the tag or shrug our shoulders and accept the services being offered. Few of us have practiced the art of negotiation in our lives. When it’s time to make important decisions, preparation is key along with understanding the process of offer and counteroffer. The tip here is don’t neglect the negotiation process while you are in litigation. Self Help Legal Service’s staff attorney based in Gainesville, FL can help you prepare for mediation and will explain the process of offer and counteroffer. You will also be provided with the applicable statutes before mediation and are encouraged to bring a copy of the statutes to mediation in order to help you stay focused on the relevant issues. Preparing for mediation is almost as important as preparing for trial. Don’t miss the opportunity to settle your disputes.

Solving Complex Issues Through Negotiation

Your Family Deserves A Happy Ending Many families will often need to work with a family law attorney to help them resolve legal issues. Whether you’re filing for divorce or have been served with divorce papers, you need a divorce attorney in Gainesville, Florida at your side through every step of the process. If you’re looking to make divorce as easy as possible and are willing to cooperate with your spouse, mediation may be your best solution. Mediation is a great way to go through common divorce matters — such as child custody, support, alimony, property distribution, parent relocation, and so on — to seek a fair solution for everyone involved. On the other hand, not all divorces can be solved as simply as sitting down and agreeing on every aspect. If you need an advocate on your side to fight for your rights, I will work closely with you to learn your story and create a plan that reflects your mission, needs, and goals. Whether it’s divorce, child support, step-parent adoption, alimony, or all of the above and more, you can contact my office in Gainesville, Florida today to schedule a free, 30-minute phone consultation. Your family deserves a happy ending and fresh start for the next chapter in your life, and I will do all that I can to make that happen for you.



You will be advised of your rights and obligations when you are going through any family law case.


You will receive counseling regarding actions you should and should not take both in and out of court. You will receive counseling on what actions to take and what actions to avoid when children are involved.


Your legal paperwork will be prepared by an attorney during your Self Help Services session (as time permits) and you will receive an instruction letter explaining what steps to take next.


You will be given contact information as needed for resources such as court reporters, private process servers, counselors, expert witnesses, parenting classes, courthouses, and judges.


Fees start as low as $45 for an initial 30 minute consultation. The first 2 hour Self Help session is a $400 minimum and $200 per hour thereafter if more time is needed. There may be other costs associated with your case payable to third parties which are out of the control of the attorney.


Self Help Legal Services, P.A. is proud to announce a new service that automates the appointments and allows you to schedule your own appointment(s) as needed.