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Legal Information: Illinois

Restraining Orders

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Laws current as of
January 23, 2024

How much does an order of protection cost? Do I need a lawyer?

There are no fees for filing for an order of protection or for having the papers served on the abuser by the sheriff.  Also, the court clerk cannot charge a fee for filing, amending, vacating (dismissing), certifying, or photocopying petitions or order of protection.1

You do not need a lawyer to file for an order of protection. However, you may wish to have a lawyer, especially if the abuser has a lawyer. If you can, contact 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 for low-cost legal assistance on the IL Finding a Lawyer page.

Domestic violence organizations in your area may also be able to help you through the legal process, or may be able to give you a lawyer referral.

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

1 750 ILCS 60/202(b)