Asked in Domestic Violence for Tennessee

Q: Who pays court/legal fees in an order of protection hearing?

I am the respondent, the petitioner falsified everything that was used to request this order and I can prove it. I noticed one of the items she is asking from the hearing is that I pay all legal fees and taxes. If I win and no order of protection is granted, will I still need to pay the fees?

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Paul E. Tennison
Paul E. Tennison
  • Brentwood, TN
  • Licensed in Tennessee

A: Tennessee has a statute where if an order of protection is granted, the respondent is required to pay the legal fees of the petitioning party. This likely means if she is successful in securing the order of protection against you, that you would be responsible for her legal fees. If you have proof that she falsified things in her request you should be able to win. Your best chance to win is if you hire an attorney experienced in order of protection hearings in that county. I recommend you consult with an experienced family law attorney as soon as possible. Good luck.

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