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In order to get an injunction you will need to go before a Judge in the County Court. You may wish to obtain advice and/or assistance from a solicitor but this is not a legal requirement. The Judge will hear the application and decide whether or not it is suitable to issue an injunction. At the first hearing the Judge will (more than likely) issue an interim order with a hearing in seven days time to issue the injunction.

The average cost of obtaining an injunction is approximately £500. Legal aid is available for certain types of injunctions providing you fit the criteria but it is not available for defending them.

Injunctions under the Family Law Act as described above are not only available to ex partners, there is an extensive list of people who are classed as relatives and cohabitants.

The National Centre for Domestic Violence can obtain injunctions for those suffering from domestic violence. For a link to this and other websites that can offer further guidance and support, please see relation information for more details.

You should report this behaviour to your local police force if either you or your solicitor feel that it amounts to a criminal offence. In these circumstances an injunction may also carry a power of arrest. If this is the case, your solicitor will make sure the police have a copy of it so they can take action if the injunction is breached.

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