Important Notice: Doing your own court case without a lawyer is not always a good idea. Before going ahead, you may want to ask for advice and support from your nearest domestic violence project. And we suggest that you read Protection from Abuse: How the Law Works in Maine.
To get your case into court, you must fill out and file certain court forms. Here is a list of the forms you will need to get your case started.
We offer two options for preparing your court forms. See the chart below.
- Fillable forms. These are our older .pdf forms. You can fill them out online, then print. Or you can print, then fill them out by hand. These work best with an updated version of Adobe Reader. Get more details on using fillable .pdf forms
- HotDocs interviews. This is a newer way to prepare your forms. It may be easier for you. The links will send you to an online interview on another trustworthy website. You just answer the questions, then print out your forms. We encourage you to try them out and let us know how they work for you. More technical details here
PA-001 Complaint for Protection from Abuse
Go to HotDocs interview
PA-005 Protection Order Service Information
|PA-015 Affidavit for Confidential Address (Use this form if you don't want the abuser to know your address.)|
|FM-050 Child Support Affidavit (Use this form if you are asking the court to order child support.)||Get fillable .pdf self-calculating form|
*You can complete all the forms you need by completing one HotDocs interview (does not include the Child Support Affidavit).
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View Non-English Protection from Abuse forms
Warning: You must file these forms in English. These translated forms are only for guidance. The court will not accept non-English forms.