Do I need a lawyer?
Although you do not need a lawyer to file for a domestic relationship PPO, it may be to your advantage to seek legal counsel. This is especially important if the abuser has a lawyer. Even if the abuser does not have a lawyer, it is recommended that you contact a lawyer 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 information on legal assistance and domestic violence agencies on the MI Places that Help page. The domestic violence agencies in your area may be able to help you with the forms if you cannot find a lawyer. In addition, the law allows court staff to help you fill out the forms (if you request it) and to explain the proper way to serve the papers but the law does not require the court staff to do so.1 Your will find contact information for courthouses on the MI 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 MCL § 600.2950b(4)