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Restraining Orders

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December 4, 2020

How much does it cost to get a protective order? Do I need a lawyer?

Nothing.  There is no filing fee to get a protective order.1

You do not need a lawyer to file for a protective order, but it may be helpful to have a lawyer, especially if the abuser has a lawyer.  Even if the abuser does not have a lawyer, if you can, it is recommended that you 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 information on legal assistance and domestic violence organizations on the VA Places that Help page. In addition, the domestic violence organizations in your area and/or court staff may be able to answer some of your questions or help you fill out the necessary court forms.

 1 Va. Code § 16.1-279.1

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