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Thursday, August 18, 2022

Family Court Self Help Appointments

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit’s Self-Help Program (SHP) provides Self-Represented Litigants (SRL) two options to have your packet reviewed by a paralegal prior to filing. Option 1 You can schedule an in-person appointment to have your packet reviewed by our paralegal which can be scheduled online. Option 2. You can have your packet reviewed by a paralegal without an appointment by simply dropping off or mailing your packet at either Self-help location. Please read the different appointment types carefully below before clicking on the link to schedule your appointment or mailing your packet for review via mail without an appointment.

Please note that scheduling the incorrect appointment type can subject you to being rescheduled for another date. All SHP appointments are scheduled for specific dates and times depending on the appointment type. If you schedule your in-person appointment online, you will receive a confirmation via email and text with your appointment details. Please carefully read the details below regarding the different appointment review types.

Paralegal Appointment Review Types

Packet Review Via Mail or Drop Off (no appointment required)

The Family Self Help Program is providing you the option to either drop off or mail your completed packet at either Self-Help location for paralegal review without having to make an appointment. This service also includes the Self-Help Program filing your approved packet with the Clerk of Court. Please carefully read the instructions in your packet regarding packet completion and click here for instructions to mail or drop off your packet for paralegal review.


First Time Visit (In-person appointment required)

Your packet is fully completed and is ready for Self-Help Paralegal review prior to filing. The Self-Help service fee (see fee schedule) includes Paralegal review, notarization of court documents, initial procedural information, follow-up procedural information, and procedural information to obtain a hearing.

Example: To make an appointment for a Post Judgment Modification packet, you will select First-Time Visit Modification

Schedule Appointment

Blitz (In person appointment required)

Simple Divorce - No Children, No Property and No Debt packet is fully completed and ready for Self-Help Paralegal review prior to filing. Self-Help service fee (see fee schedule) includes Paralegal review, notarization of court documents, initial procedural information, follow-up procedural information and procedural information to obtain a hearing. Blitz appointments can be also made for Name Change Petitions.

Example: To make an appointment for a Blitz, you will select Blitz-Divorce Simple w/ no Children or for a Name Change Blitz-Name Change

Please note that if both parties are in full agreement you must select "agreement" when making your appointment.

Schedule Appointment

Packet Completion Assistance (In person appointment required)

Need assistance completing your packet prior to filing? The Self-Help Program offers packet completion assistance with a Self-Help Paralegal at a nominal fee (see fee schedule) to help you complete your documents.

Example: To make an appointment for a Paternity Agreement packet, you will select Packet Completion Assistance-Paternity Agreement

Schedule Appointment
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