Requesting a Temporary Protection Order in Colorado

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Steps in requesting a temporary protection order are broken down below in attempt to make the process clearer.

If you request and receive a temporary protection order from the court, the next step will be to ask the court for a permanent protection order.

How to Request a Temporary Protection Order from the Court

Checklist - click here for PDF, click here for a Word doc.

Click here for an audio-only walk through/guide to requesting a TPO.

Court Forms Needed!

Click here and scroll down to find all of the forms below.

  • JDF 400 - Instructions for Filing (Instructions for Obtaining a Civil Protection Order)
  • JDF 401 - Incident Checklist
  • JDF 402 - Verified Complaint / Motion for Civil Protection Order
  • JDF 442 - Information Sheet for Registering a Protection Order... and, possibly (if you have children)
  • JDF 404 - Affidavit Regarding Children

Also, If you need to ask the court to have your filing fees waived:

You can also "Learn How to Get a Protective Order" by clicking here.

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Updated July 2019

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