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

There is no cost for filing for a Temporary Protection Order.

No, you do not need a lawyer to file for a Temporary Protection Order, but it may be better to have one.

If your abuser has a lawyer, you should try to get one too. Even if your abuser does not have a lawyer, it is recommended that you contact a lawyer to make sure that your legal rights are protected.

In addition, the domestic violence organizations in your area and/or court staff may be able to answer some of your questions or help you fill out the necessary court forms. Court staff cannot give legal advice. You will find information on legal assistance and domestic violence organizations on the GA Links & Resources page. You will find contact information for courthouses on the GA Courthouse Locations & Info page.