Legal Information: Kentucky

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
September 21, 2017

What types of interpersonal protective orders are there? How long do they last?

There are two types of interpersonal protective orders:

Temporary interpersonal protective orders
The judge will review your petition for an interpersonal protective order immediately after you file in court.1  If the judge finds that there is an immediate and present danger of dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking, the judge can issue an ex parte temporary interpersonal protective order.2  The judge will also schedule a hearing for a final interpersonal protective order within 14 days (assuming that the judge believes from reading your petition that dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking has occurred).1

Final interpersonal protective orders
A final interpersonal protective order can only be issued only after the abuser has an opportunity to attend a court hearing in which you and the abuser both have a chance to present evidence, witnesses, testimony, etc.  If after a hearing, the judge finds that dating violence and abuse, sexual assault, or stalking has occurred, the judge can issue a final interpersonal protective order that can last up to three years.3  The order may also be renewed – see Can an order be extended? for more information.

1 KRS § 456.040(1)(a)
2 KRS § 456.040(2)(a)
3 KRS § 456.060(1),(3)