Legal Information: Kentucky

Know the Laws - By State

Please see below for state-specific laws that might be useful for victims and survivors of domestic violence. This information is written in a Q & A format and is meant to provide you with easy-to-understand information. You can also reach us at our Email Hotline if you have more specific questions.

A brief description of the difference between state laws and federal laws.

Information about protective orders / domestic violence orders and interpersonal protective orders.

State-specific information about custody in Kentucky.

This page addresses some general (not state-specific) laws of one parent taking a child out of the state or country, without the other parent’s consent.

Basic information about Kentucky divorce laws.

This section discusses a law that allows a victim of domestic violence, interpersonal violence, or certain crimes to break his/her rental lease without penalty.

Information about crimes the abuser may have committed in Kentucky and victim assistance programs.

If you are a victim of domestic violence, it may be illegal for the abuser to buy or have a gun.

You may have a right to sue an abuser for medical costs, lost wages, and to recover your property.