How much does it cost? Do I need a lawyer?
There are no fees for filing for a domestic violence restraining order (DVRO) or for any forms related to the petition.1
You do not need a lawyer to file for a DVRO. However, you may wish to have a lawyer, especially if the abuser has a lawyer. Contacting a lawyer can help you 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 contact information for legal assistance on the CA Finding a Lawyer page. Domestic violence organizations in your area also may be able to help you through the legal process and may have lawyer referrals. Go to CA Advocates and Shelters to find organizations near you.
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.
1 Ann.Cal.Fam.Code § 6222