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Legal Information: Kentucky
Updated: October 29, 2019
Step 1 - Get the necessary forms.
You will need to file the forms in the county courthouse where you live (even if you just moved there to escape abuse).1 To find contact information for the courthouse in your area, click on KY Courthouse Locations. You can also find links to forms online on our KY Download Court Forms page.
If you need the immediate protection of an emergency protective order (EPO), be sure to tell the clerk. An EPO is a temporary emergency order that a judge can grant you if you or your child are in immediate danger without prior notice to the abuser.
Most shelters and other domestic violence prevention organizations can provide support for you while you fill out these papers and go to court. Go to KY Advocates and Shelters page for contact information.
1 KRS § 403.725(2)
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