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Legal Information: Minnesota

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
August 6, 2020

How much does it cost to get an order for protection? Do I need a lawyer?

There are no filing fees to get an order for protection.1

You do not need a lawyer to file for an order for protection.  However, you may wish to have a lawyer, especially if the abuser has a lawyer. If you can, 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 contact information for legal assistance organizations, which offer free or low-cost help to those who qualify, on our MN Finding a Lawyer page.

Domestic violence organizations in your area may also be able to help you through the legal process and may have legal referrals. Having another person give you support through this process can be a tremendous help.  To find a shelter or an advocate at a local program, please visit our MN Advocates and Shelters page.

 1 Minn. Stat. § 518B.01(3a)

If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.