Does it cost anything to file or serve the order? Do I need a lawyer?
There is no fee to file the petition nor a fee for service of process (serving the petition upon the abuser).1 Although you do not need a lawyer, it could be helpful to have one if the petition is not being filed on your behalf by the district attorney. If you are low-income (indigent), the judge may appoint an attorney to represent you – or you can have your own attorney or you can appear on your own (pro se). To find contact information for legal services organizations, go to our WY Finding a Lawyer page. If you are representing yourself, go to our At the Hearing section for tips on how to represent yourself. You can learn more about the court system in our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section.
1 Wyoming Code § 7–3–507(c),(d)
You can find more information about service of process in our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section, in the question called What is service of process and how do I accomplish it?
If you are going to be in court without a lawyer, our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section may be useful to you.