Domestic violence victims won’t have to pay to divorce abuser under new bill

KY Capitol

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WTVQ) – The Senate has passed a bill, keeping a victim of domestic violence from getting stuck with divorce costs.

Senate Bill 68, also known as Jeanette’s Law, passed by unanimous vote on Wednesday.

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It’s named after Jeanette McCue, of Washington County, who testified that she had to pay her ex-husband’s divorce costs while he was imprisoned for abusing her.

Under current state law, someone seeking a divorce against an incarcerated person can be held responsible for paying the incarcerated person’s court-appointed lawyer, even when the imprisonment is the result of spousal abuse.

Senate Morgan McGarvey, D-Louisville, sponsored the bill and says it helps with “closing a loophole” in current statutes for victims of domestic violence.

The bill now goes to the House for consideration.