Are there fees to get a protective order? Do I need a lawyer?
Nothing. There are no filing fees and court costs for this process.1 For other questions about filing, you can find contact information for courthouses on the LA Courthouse Locations page.
Although you do not need a lawyer to file for a protective order, it may be to your advantage to seek legal counsel, especially if the abuser has a lawyer. If you cannot afford a lawyer but want one to help you with your case, you can find contact information for lawyers on our LA Finding a Lawyer page.
1 LA R.S. 46:2134(F)
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.