How much does it cost to get an order for protection?
Nothing. There is no filing fee to get an order for protection.*
Although you do not need a lawyer to file for an order for protection, it may be to your advantage to seek legal counsel. This is especially important if the abuser has obtained a lawyer. Even if the abuser does not have a lawyer, it is recommended that you contact a lawyer or domestic violence program or 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 IN Places that Help page. In addition, court staff may be able to answer some of your questions or help you fill out the necessary court forms. You will find contact information for courthouses on the IN Courthouse Locations page.
* IC § 34-26-5-16