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Legal Information: Kentucky

Restraining Orders

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Updated: 
October 29, 2019

Can a minor file for an order?

The law doesn’t specifically say that a minor can or cannot file on his/her own. The law says that a “victim of domestic violence and abuse” can file a petition and there is no specific definition as to whether the victim must be at least 18. If you are a minor who wants to file your own petition without an adult helping you to file, you may want to call your local courthouse to ask if this is possible. The law is clear, however, in saying that any adult (even a non-relative) can file on behalf of a minor who qualifies for an order.1

1 KRS § 403.725(1)