Kentucky Family Court
The Kentucky Family Courts use an unique "one family, one judge, one court," approach, with cases being presented in a single court. Thus this allows the one and same judge to hear all the matters involving the particular family case and therefore reduces the stress and issues that can occur when individuals are transferred between different courts trying to resolve various issues. The Kentucky Family Court jurisdiction is defined by the KRS 23A.100 and 23A.110. It includes the following:
The History of the Family Court
The state of Kentucky began its Family Court when the county of Jefferson began a Family Court pilot program in the year 1991. It was the first ever court in the state of Kentucky that focused just on the needs of families and children. The Kentucky Family Courts have introduced a new and rather unique approach that allows one judge to provide continuity by hearing all of a family's legal problems and other issues.
This Family Court model has now expanded beyond Louisville, Kentucky to the suburban and the rural areas across Kentucky. This project's success initiated efforts to make the Family Court a permanent part of the Kentucky Constitution. The Amendment was passed in November of 2002 with more than 75 percent of the vote in favor of the Family Court in all 120 Kentucky counties.
As of today, the Family Court now serves 3.2 million citizens in Kentucky's 120 counties. The Kentucky Family Courts are considered so progressive and successful that they are being used as a national model.