Obtaining a Restraining Order in Arapahoe and Douglas Counties

A civil protection order — also referred to as an order of protection or restraining order — is a court order that is initiated to protect a person from the threat or act of violence, abuse, or harassment. Colorado restraining orders are often issued in cases of domestic or family violence or stalking. The protective order is a legal document that restricts the threatened or accused perpetrator from contacting the alleged victim and can dictate where the alleged perpetrator can and cannot go and who they can and cannot contact. There are different types of restraining orders issued by Colorado family courts:

  • Temporary protection orders (TPO)
  • Permanent protection order
  • Emergency protection order
  • Domestic Violence Restraining Order

Protection orders are granted by a judge for those who are in imminent danger. Victims can request a restraining order against their aggressors, or in cases of active abuse or threats, law enforcement officers can request a restraining order on the behalf of the victims.

Colorado Restraining Order Quick Facts

  • The abuser does not have to be present for a victim to file for a protection order
  • A judge will review the petition and make a final declaration
  • Each situation and the corresponding restraining order are unique
  • Victims must also follow the restraining order
  • You do not have to be in a relationship with the abuser to obtain a protection order
  • Restraining orders may be issued for threats or actual violence
  • Violations of protection orders are considered “contempt of court” and will result in arrest

What a Civil Protection Order Covers

Protection orders will declare exactly what the victim is protected from and what the abuser is restricted from and permitted to do. Some of these specifications include:

  • Use of shared home and vehicle
  • Child custody and child support
  • Visitation and transferring of children
  • Access to shared money and responsibility of bills
  • Custody or contact with pets and other family
  • Ability to have or carry weapons
  • Alcohol and drug allowances — may include testing
  • Contact — ways and whom to contact
  • Consequences for violating terms
Instructions For Filing

”No Contact” Orders

Restraining orders will dictate how and about what both parties may contact each other. For instance, if there are a shared home and children, the protection order may declare that the abuser may not enter the family home, but can contact the victim about issues concerning decisions about the care of children. “No contact” orders, on the other hand, completely restrict all contact between both parties. This includes talking, phone, text, email, social media, and contact via friends and family. All contact must be conducted through the court system and shall not be violated by either party.

A Lawyer Concerned With Your Safety

Kelli J. Malcolm is genuinely concerned about the safety and welfare of every Coloradoan. Although you do not need a family lawyer to apply for a restraining order in Colorado, it helps to have an experienced attorney on your side. As you can probably assume, a protection order is a piece of paper and declaration of orders by the court and offers no physical protection. Having a family attorney in your corner grants you access to the total package or resources for protection. If you have been the victim of harassment, stalking, or family violence and are seeking a protection order, or you have been served with a restraining order you feel is unjustified, contact the Law Offices of Kelli J. Malcolm to get the legal counsel you deserve.


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