Welcome to Watson | Henderlite,

Family Law Attorneys, PLLC!

We are glad you are here. We are here to help.

Welcome to Watson | Henderlite,

Family Law Attorneys, PLLC!

We are glad you are here. We are here to help.

As divorce and custody lawyers, we know that you probably wish you did not need our help. We know that you want to make the right choice. Navigating through high-conflict custody battles and complicated divorce proceedings can be emotionally and legally daunting. At Watson | Henderlite, we understand how difficult even looking at this website can be.

Our attorneys are compassionate, knowledgeable advocates. We know how to listen, know how to negotiate, and we know how to fight. We realize that the family law attorney you choose will have a tremendous impact on your future, your children’s future, and your future financial security. We take our responsibility seriously.

Divorce Law

Custody Law


Attorney Paula Bartlett, Partner Denise Watson, and Managing Partner Jay Henderlite.

High-Conflict and Complicated Divorce Specialists

Divorce, custody, and family law is all we do. While we are happy to handle any family law matter, we specialize in high-conflict custody disputes and complex divorces. We only practice one area of law because we owe it to our clients to be the best possible advocates for their case.

Firm founder Denise Watson is one of the most experienced divorce and custody attorneys in Jacksonville, FL, having practiced family law for nearly 40 years. Her experience is unrivaled in Northeast Florida. Managing partner Jay Henderlite is Board Certified by the Florida Bar as an expert in marital and family law (divorces, custody, domestic violence injunctions, modifications, child support). Attorney Paula Bartlett is a former child welfare advocate and family law mediator. No matter what your legal situation, we have faced it before and we know what to do.

Attorney Paula Bartlett, Partner Denise Watson, and Managing Partner Jay Henderlite.

Compassionate Advocacy

In addition to our legal experience, we are also mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, former spouses, co-parents, foster parents, guardians, adoptive parents. We understand you because we have been there. We are passionate, empathetic problem solvers. We understand that family law matters can be emotionally draining. That’s why we approach each case with sensitivity and empathy. Our team takes the time to listen to your concerns, understand your unique situation, and tailor our legal strategies to meet your specific needs.

At the initial consultation, we want to know what your best life looks like at the end of the case. We then come up with a plan to help you live your best life. Our goal is to make your life better at the end of the case than it was when you first met with us.

No judgment. Only solutions.

“Our philosophy has been that family law is a very personal area of law and we like to be available to our clients whether that’s a phone call or email, they know they can always reach us.”

Jay Henderlite, Attorney of the Month, Attorney at Law Magazine

Why Choose Watson | Henderlite?

Experience & Expertise

Our attorneys have a proven track record of success in handling high-conflict custody and complex divorce cases. Our managing partner is a board-certified expert in family law.

Personalized Approach

We recognize that every family is different, every case is different, and we take a personalized approach to each case to achieve the best possible outcome.

Responsive Communication

We prioritize open and transparent communication, keeping you informed every step of the way and promptly addressing any questions or concerns you may have.

Strong Advocacy

We are committed to advocating vigorously for your rights and interests, both inside and outside the courtroom. We are trial tested.

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At a consultation, your attorney will discuss your case with you and create a plan to help achieve your goals. We are here every step of the way.

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