How much does it cost to get and serve a protective order? Do I need a lawyer?
There is no filing fee to get any protective order.1 Also, you can have law enforcement serve the order and, as long as there are no other petitions being served with the protective order, there will be no fee for service.2
Although you do not need a lawyer to file for a protective order, you may want to have a lawyer, especially if the abuser has a lawyer. Even if the abuser does not have a lawyer, you may want to speak to one before taking any legal action to make sure your rights are protected.
You can find contact information for lawyers in your area on the AK Finding a Lawyer page. If you cannot afford a lawyer but want one to help with your case, you can find contact information for organizations that provide legal services, some of which may be free or low-cost if you qualify.
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.
1 Alaska Statute §18.65.865(b)
2 Alaska Statute §§ 18.65.865(a); 18.66.160(a),(c)