How much does it cost? Do I need a lawyer?
There are no fees for filing for a protection from abuse order.1 You do not need a lawyer to file for one, however, you may wish to have a lawyer, especially if the abuser has a lawyer or if there are complicated issues in your case. If you can, contact a lawyer to make sure that your legal rights are protected.
If you cannot afford a lawyer, you may be able to get free or low-cost legal help on our ME Finding a Lawyer page.
Domestic violence organizations in your area also should be able to help you through the legal process and may have lawyer referrals. Visit the ME Advocates and Shelters page under the Places that Help tab at the top of this page.
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.