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April 20, 2022

How will a judge determine what qualifies as a "dating relationship"?

The judge may look at the following factors to decide if your relationship with the abuser comes under the legal definition of a dating relationship:

  • whether you expressed a romantic interest in one another;
  • whether the relationship was characterized by an expectation of affection;
  • your attendance at social outings as a couple;
  • the frequency and type of interaction between you and the abuser, including whether you have been involved together over time and continuously during the course of the relationship;
  • the length of the relationship and how long ago it ended (if applicable); and
  • other signs of a substantial connection that would lead a reasonable person to believe that a dating relationship existed.1

1 KRS § 456.010(1)

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