How much does it cost to get a protective order?
Nothing. There is no fee to file for (or to serve) a protective order.1
You do not need a lawyer to file for a protective order, but it may be helpful to have one represent you. This is especially important if the abuser has a lawyer and/or if the case goes to trial. Even if the abuser does not have a lawyer, we suggest that you talk to a lawyer to make sure 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 MD 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 MD Courthouse Locations page.
1 MD Code Ann., Fam. Law § 4-504(c)