How much does it cost? Do I need a lawyer?
There is no filing fee for an order of protection.1
Although you do not need a lawyer to file for an order of protection, it may be to your advantage to find a lawyer. This is especially important if the abuser has a lawyer. Even if the abuser does not have a lawyer, it is recommended that you contact a lawyer to make sure that your legal rights are protected.
If you cannot afford a lawyer but want one to help you with your case, you can find information on legal assistance and domestic violence organizations on the Places that Help page. In addition, the domestic violence organizations in your area and/or court staff may be able to answer some of your questions or help you fill out the necessary court forms. You will find contact information for courthouses on the AR Courthouse Locations page.1
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.
1 Ark. Code § 9-15-202(a)(1)