How much does it cost to get a restraining order? Do I need an attorney?
There are no fees for filing for a restraining order.*
You do not need a lawyer to file for a restraining order. However, you may wish to have a lawyer, especially if the abuser has a lawyer. If you cannot get a lawyer to represent you, you may want to at least try to contact a lawyer before your final hearing for advice to help make ensure 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 RI Finding a Lawyer page. Domestic violence organizations in your area also may be able to help you through the legal process and may have lawyer referrals – you can find those organizations on our RI Advocates and Shelters page.
* RI Gen. Laws §§ 8.8-1.2(a), 15-15-2(c)