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Legal Information: Washington

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
December 3, 2020

How much does it cost? Do I need a lawyer?

Nothing.  There is no filing fee for a domestic violence order for protection.

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 information on legal assistance on the WA Finding a Lawyer page.  Domestic violence organizations in your area may also be able to help you through the legal process and may have lawyer referrals.1

1 R.C.W. § 20.50.040

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