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Legal Information: North Carolina

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
February 6, 2020

Do I need an attorney?

No, you do not need an attorney to file for a DVPO or to get an ex parte order.1  You also do not need an attorney at the full court hearing, but you may want one, especially if you think the defendant (abuser) will have one.  It is recommended that you contact an attorney to make sure that your legal rights are protected. You can get free legal assistance if you contact one of the domestic violence organizations in your area. You may request that an advocate accompany you to court.  See our NC Places that Help page to find an organization in your area.

1 NCGS § 50B-2(a)