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October 19, 2022

How much does it cost to file for a non-domestic stalking PPO and to have it served?

There is no fee to get the forms for a PPO1 and there should be no fee to file the PPO; however, it seems that some counties may be charging a fee to file the forms in court. Michigan law specifically says that fees cannot be charged to file a motion to modify, terminate, extend, or to enforce a personal protection order if it is violated2 and Michigan law states that a fee cannot be charged to start a civil action for a PPO.3 Therefore, if your county is charging you to file for a PPO, you may want to connect with a local legal services organization to see if they can advocate on your behalf so that you don’t have to pay any filing fees.

When it comes to service, the petition and order can be served by anyone who is not a party to the case who is over 18. However, if you want law enforcement to serve it, service of PPO may cost anywhere from $10.00 to $100.00 depending on the travel costs associated with locating the respondent.4

1 See MCLA 600.2950b(4)
2 MCR 3.707(D); MCLA 600.2529(1)(e)
3 MCLA 600.2529(1)(a)
4 See PPO Instructions on Michigan Courts website

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