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Legal Information: Kentucky

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
October 29, 2019

Step 4 - Service of process

If you get an EPO, it should be served on the abuser by law enforcement.  It is important that you provide accurate, up-to-date information about where the abuser can be found in order for the EPO to be served.  Arrangements for service will be made by the court clerk after the judge issues the order.  For sheriff department contact information, go to our KY Sheriff Departments page.  The respondent must receive notice of the hearing for the final DVO.  If s/he does not receive notice, the hearing will be rescheduled.

You can also register with a statewide system, called VINE Protective Order to receive a confidential notification when the order is served on the abuser.  

You can find more information about service of process in our Preparing for Court – By Yourself section, in the question called What is service of process and how do I accomplish it?