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Legal Information: Texas

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
November 5, 2020

How much does it cost to get a protective order?

Nothing, a protective order is free.  You cannot be charged a fee for filing, serving, entering a protective order, or for getting additional certified copies of the order.1

The court may order that the abuser pay any attorney fees (if applicable), and all other fees, charges, or expenses incurred in connection with the protective order.2

A domestic violence organization may be able to refer you to free legal services.  Please go to the TX Finding a Lawyer page for information about free or low cost legal services.

1 Tex. Fam. Code § 81.002
2 Tex. Fam. Code §§ 81.003, 81.005