Protection Orders

According to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 16,700 Colorado residents reported at least one domestic violence incident to the police in 2014. The same year around 325,000 citizens were victims of stalking, and more than 1,000 were kidnapped by current or ex-partners. 25 Colorado citizens were even killed by current or former partners.

Protection orders – sometimes known commonly as restraining orders – can be essential legal tools to keep you safe if you have been the victim of sexual assault, domestic violence, or stalking. Whether you wish to file a motion for a temporary protection order, win a hearing to extend an existing order and make it permanent, or hold an abuser or stalker accountable for violating a standing order’s conditions, a competent Colorado family lawyer can assist you.

Please note that the following sections are written from a family law perspective for the intended benefit of victims of domestic violence, stalking, or harassment seeking to take a civil protection order out on an abuser. If you have been arrested for domestic violence or accused of abuse and find yourself the subject of a protection order, you may instead wish to read our article on criminal defense for those targeted by protection orders. Though this article is victim-oriented, much of the information contained here will be helpful to alleged abusers and alleged victims alike.

Protection Orders Lawyer in Colorado Springs, CO

If you have been the victim of domestic violence or the target of stalking or harassment, Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC can assist by filing and enforcing protective orders against your abuser. We have years of experience representing clients from Colorado Springs and the surrounding areas in a wide variety of family law matters including in divorces and custody disputes, as well as in alimony and child support cases.

We know that the court process can be daunting, especially if you are already frightened and overwhelmed by abuse at home or by the unwanted attention of a stalker. Fortunately, Law Offices of Clifton Black, PC can walk you through the entire restraining order process by drawing upon our considerable skill and knowledge of family law. We will tackle such tasks as:

  • Gathering evidence to support a protective order
  • Preparing the Complaint for Civil Protection Order, which is a verified document that you attest to under oath
  • Representing you at a hearing for a temporary order of protection
  • Handling notice requirements to serve the ex parte order to the alleged offender
  • Preparing for the hearing on a permanent civil protection order, noting different standards of proof that apply
  • Fighting to protect you and your family during the injunction hearing

Our divorce attorneys also defend clients against protection orders that are baseless or unwarranted. Unfortunately, protection orders can be improperly used to gain a strategic advantage in divorce/custody cases. The proceedings affect your individual and parental rights, and may even have consequences for your job, living arrangements, and finances. As such, it is critical to defend the allegations when you have the opportunity at a permanent injunction hearing. Recall that the Complaint for Civil Protection Order is a sworn statement, so you might have evidence contradicting the accuser’s allegations.

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