A Comprehensive Guide: The Process of Obtaining a Protection Order in Colorado

February 23, 2024

In Colorado, instances of domestic violence, harassment, or threats can leave individuals feeling vulnerable and in need of legal protection. One significant legal recourse available to victims in such situations is obtaining a protection order. At Johnson Law Group, we understand the importance of providing clarity and support to those seeking protection orders. In this guide, we'll walk you through the step-by-step process of obtaining a protection order in Colorado, empowering you to take proactive steps towards safeguarding yourself and your loved ones.

Step 1: Assess Your Situation and Eligibility

Before initiating the process of obtaining a protection order, it's essential to assess your situation and determine whether you meet the eligibility criteria. In Colorado, protection orders are typically available to individuals who have experienced harassment, domestic violence, stalking, or threats of violence. These orders can be sought against spouses, intimate partners, family members, or individuals you have had a significant relationship.

Step 2: Complete the Necessary Forms

The next step is completing the required forms to petition for a protection order. You can obtain these forms from the courthouse or online through the Colorado Judicial Branch website. It's crucial to provide detailed and accurate information when filling out the forms, including specific incidents of abuse or harassment and the relationship between you and the respondent. For that reason, we recomend you contact our Johnson Law Group family law attorneys and schedule a consultation.

Step 3: File Your Petition with the Court

Once you've completed the necessary forms, you'll need to file your petition with the appropriate court. In Colorado, you can file in where the alleged abuse occurred, or in the county where you currently reside. For the filing it is important to note that you will have to pay a filing fee. At Johnson Law Group our team has extensive experience filing for protection orders and will ensure the first filing is the correct filing to avoid extra filing fees.

Step 4: Attend the Court Hearing

Usually after filing your petition, the court will schedule a hearing to review your case. It's essential to attend this hearing, as it provides an opportunity for you to present evidence and testimony supporting your request for a protection order. Johnson Law Group can provide invaluable legal guidance and representation during this process, ensuring that your rights are protected and your voice is heard.

Step 5: Receive a Decision from the Court

Following the hearing, the court will come to a decision regarding your petition for a protection order. If the court grants your request, the protection order will outline the specific provisions and restrictions imposed on the respondent. This could include maintaining a certain distance from you or refraining from contacting you altogether. 

Step 6: Enforce the Protection Order

Once a protection order has been issued, it's crucial to understand how to enforce its provisions effectively. Violating a protection order is a significant offense in Colorado and can result in legal consequences for the respondent. Johnson Law Group can assist you in navigating the enforcement process and taking appropriate action if the protection order is violated.

Obtaining a Protection Order With Johnson Law Group

Obtaining a protection order is a critical step towards ensuring your safety and well-being in the face of domestic violence or harassment. Don't let the complexities of legal action overwhelm you, and contact our office to help you with your protection order. At Johnson Law Group, our team of experienced Colorado family law attorneys is here to guide you through every stage of the process. We will provide you with compassionate support and effective legal representation. If you or someone you know needs a protection order, don't hesitate to reach out to us for assistance. Your safety is our top priority. Give us a call at 720-445-4444 or schedule a complimentary consultation here.

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