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Legal Information: Wisconsin

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
July 16, 2020

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

There are no fees for filing for a domestic abuse injunction.1

You do not need a lawyer to file for a domestic abuse injunction. However, you may wish to have a lawyer, especially if the abuser has a lawyer. Even if you can’t get a lawyer to represent you, you might want to get advice from 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 our WI Finding a Lawyer page. Domestic violence organizations in your area also should be able to help you through the legal process and may have lawyer referrals. Please see our WI State and Local Resources page for organizations in your area.

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

1 Wis. Stat. § 814.61(1)(d)