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January 17, 2020

Can a minor file for a protection order?

It is not clear according to Colorado law if a minor can file for his/her own order without a parent.  For minors under 18, a parent or guardian can file for the protection order.1  If a parent or guardian is not available, it may be possible to have someone else apply on the minor’s behalf but you may want to check your court’s clerk’s office to make sure they would accept a petition brought by an adult who is not the parent or guardian.  You may want to contact a legal services organization or a court clerk for more information on minors requesting protection orders.  See CO Finding a Lawyer and CO Courthouse Locations for contact information.

Note: You cannot get a protective order against someone who is under 10 years old.2

1 Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-14-101(2.2); see Colorado Rules of County Court Civil Procedure Rule 317(C)
2 Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-14-104.5(1)(a)