Colorado recently made change to the law regarding civil protection orders. The goal of these changes is to provide legal safeguards for more individuals than before. The old statute provided legal remedy mostly for those who were the victim of phsysical threats of violence. Now, the statute makes clear that there are many types of abuse that are not necessarily physical that need to be covered under the law. These include: mental and emotional abuse, financial control, property control, and coercion.
The Court also increased the length of time that a temporary protection order can be in place, from 120 days up to 1 year. The Court also increased the length of time that they can issue temporary parenting time orders from 120 days up to 1 year.
Lastly, the Court made the length of time that the adverse party had to wait to modify or dismiss the permanent protection order shorter, from 4 years, down to 2 years. This allows persons who wrongfully had a permanent protection order issued against them an opportunity for quicker resolution than under the old law. HB-1259 Colorado Civil Protection Orders