How much does it cost? Do I need a lawyer?
There is no cost to file for a family violence protective order.1
While you do not need a lawyer to file for a family violence protective order, it may be better to have one, especially if the abuser has a lawyer. Even if the abuser does not have a lawyer, it is recommended that you contact a lawyer who is knowledgeable about protective orders to make sure that your legal rights are protected.
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. While the court staff can give you the necessary forms for filing a petition, they are not required to help you complete the forms, present your case to the judge, or give legal advice.1 To find help, please go to GA Places that Help. You will find contact information for courthouses on the GA Courthouse Locations page.
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.
1 O.C.G.A. § 19-13-3(d)