How much does it cost? Do I need a lawyer?
There is no fee to file for a restraining order or to have it served. You do not need a lawyer to file for an order but it is generally better to have one if you can, especially if the abuser has an attorney. In many places, local domestic violence or sexual assault programs can help you file for a restraining order. Please keep in mind that courthouse officials and domestic violence advocates who are not lawyers cannot give you legal advice or represent you in court. You can find a list of legal organizations that might be able to help you at our NJ Finding a Lawyer page. You can also find contact information for your local courthouse at our NJ Courthouse Locations page.
If you will be representing yourself, go to our Preparing Your Case page for information on how to best prepare yourself.
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.