Who can get a protective order?
You can seek court protection from acts of domestic violence and abuse done to you or your minor child by any of the following people:
- your current or former spouse;
- your parent or step-parent;
- your child or step-child;
- your grandparent or grandchild;
- a boyfriend / girlfriend with whom you currently or formerly live(d) "as a couple;"
- a boyfriend / girlfriend with whom you have a child (regardless of whether you ever lived together); or
- if the child is the victim, a child can file against any person living in the same household with the child regardless of their relationship or against the parent's boyfriend/girlfriend who lives with the parent or has a child with the parent.*
Note: The definition does not include a boyfriend / girlfriend with whom you do not have a child and with whom you have never lived. However, an interpersonal protective order does cover those types of dating relationships.
* KRS § 403.720(1),(2),(5)