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Legal Information: Kentucky
Step 3 - The judge considers your petition and may grant you an ex parte order.
When you have filed the forms with the clerk of court, s/he will bring your papers to the judge. If the judge believes there is an immediate and present danger of domestic violence and abuse, s/he may give you an emergency protective order (EPO), which is good for 14 days until your full court hearing.1
Regardless of whether or not the judge grants you an EPO, you can still be given a hearing date and time if the judge believes that domestic violence and abuse exists. The hearing will take place within 14 days of your filing your petition.2 At the hearing, the abuser and you will both have a chance to present evidence to the judge.
1 KRS §§ 403.730(2)(a); 403.730(1)(a)
2 KRS § 403.730(1)(a)
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