I filed for a restraining order against someone who has been harassing me. Should I bring an attorney to the court hearing or is it sufficient to represent myself (not an attorney)? Not sure if the respondent will bring one.
I am not familiar with the evidence you have for the Court, whether you've submitted it in an admissible format, whether you have witnesses and/or have prepped them...
The problem is, I am an attorney and everyone answering questions on this forum is an attorney. So our default position is probably going to be, if you are serious about wanting that restraining order, you are better off to play it safe and get a good, competent attorney who practices regularly in your local Family Court. I am trying to be unbiased about this, though, so what I'd suggest is that you contact your Victim Advocate, if you have one, and get her opinion; alternatively, set up a couple consultations with attorneys in your area and see what you think after talking to them.
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The judge will have to be impartial so if you make a legal mistake the judge won't be able to assist you. Thus, if you are serious about the matter then you should bring an attorney. Having a restraining order against you could affect future employment and quite possibly future government benefits. It is possible, but not guaranteed, that the prevailing party receives attorney fees. Discuss further with an attorney. Many reputable attorneys offer a free consultation. Best wishes.
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