I am a victim of domestic violence. How do I get a restraining order in Colorado?

Put a stop to your abuse by learning how to first file a temporary restraining order, and then making the order permanent.

By Lynn Landis-Brown
October 04, 2011
CO FAQs/Domestic Violence and Abuse

Restraining Order in Colorado

A victim of domestic violence, or any victim of violence or one who is in fear of personal harm, may go to civil court to get a restraining order, which is enforceable statewide and nationwide. There are two stages for getting a restraining order in Colorado. First, you must obtain a temporary restraining order (TRO). The TRO lasts up to 14 days. It will state the date and time you must return to make the order permanent (a permanent hearing). You will need to arrange for the order to be served on the respondent. You may take the order to the Sheriff's Department to be served. There is a fee for service only for those who are not a victim of domestic violence, domestic abuse, sexual assault, or stalking.

Second, you must return to court on the date indicated on the TRO for the court to issue a permanent restraining order (PRO). If you do not return at this time, the TRO will expire. It will no longer protect you or your child. Once you obtain a TRO, the length of the TRO is at the discretion of the judge (except the part about children, which usually lasts no more than 120 days). The TRO is enforceable where everywhere you go.


Lynn Landis-Brown is a Family Lawyer in Colorado Springs, Colorado, where she founded Lynn Landis-Brown P.C. She listens compassionately and understands your legal, emotional and financial concerns due to her own experiences of divorce from her parents divorcing, her own divorce and now as a step-grandmother. With her background in litigations, she has great experiences with fighting for your rights in the courtroom.

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