phone (270) 827-5753
fax (270) 827-6032

General FAQs – Frequently Asked Questions

  • General Questions
    - What are your office hours?
    - Where are you located?
    - Can you tell me the status of case or when the next court date is?
    - Is this the public defender’s office?
    - How do I get a restraining order on somebody?
    - Who do I contact if I suspect a child is being neglected or abused?
    - Can your office represent me on my civil case (divorce, custody, visitation, collection, small claim, neighbor dispute, etc.)?
  • Guardianship
    - What is guardianship?
    - How do I go about obtaining a guardianship or conservatorship?
    - How is an Emergency Guardianship different than a regular Guardianship?
  • Bad Check
    - What do I do if I have written a bad check?
  • Child Support
    - I have questions about child support, how do I learn more?
  • Tax Collection
    - I have questions about tax collection, how do I learn more?
  • Victims Rights
    - I am a victim of a crime, what do I do?

General Questions

Q: What are your office hours?

A: Our main office on the second floor of the Henderson County Courthouse is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for child support, delinquent tax collection and prosecution. Our Bad Check Office on the first floor of the Henderson County Courthouse is open Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., but closed for lunch from noon until 1:00 p.m.

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Q: Where are you located?

A: The Bad Check Program is located at the Henderson County Courthouse, bottom floor, 20 N. Main Street, in Henderson, KY. All other offices are located on the second floor in the same building. Please be advised that this is called the “old” courthouse by some people and not the newer Henderson County Judicial Center, which is across Main Street.

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Q: Can you tell me the status of case or when the next court date is?

A: Call the Henderson County District Clerk’s Office for this information at (270) 826-2405. For more information on the Clerk’s Office, Click Here. For docket information, please see the Administrative Office of the Courts’ Website Here.

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Q: Is this the public defender’s office?

A: No. The phone number to the public defender’s office is (270) 826-1852. For more information about the Department of Public Advocacy, Click Here.

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Q: How do I get an Emergency Protective Order against someone?

A: There are however, Emergency Protective Orders and Domestic Violence Orders, which are filed at the office of the Henderson Circuit Clerk. If after hours or in case of emergency, call 911.

Criminal violations of an Emergency Protective Order or Domestic Violence Order that was issued in Henderson County are prosecuted by this office. To report a violation, call 911.

For domestic violence shelters, counseling, and information, contact Owensboro Area Shelter & Information Services (O.A.S.I.S.) at 800-882-2873

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Q: Who do I contact if I suspect a child is being neglected or abused?

A: Call the Child Protection Hot Line: 1-800-752-6200 (Toll Free). The local Department of Community Based Services, Protection and Permanency Office (child and adult abuse, neglect and dependency, foster care, adoptions, etc.) is located at 417 S. Main St., Henderson, KY 42420 and can be reached at (270) 826-6203.

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Q: Can your office represent me on my civil case (divorce, custody, visitation, collection, small claim, neighbor dispute, etc.)?

A: No. Although County Attorney Steve Gold meets with the public as a courtesy to provide general information about legal principles, this office cannot represent you in such matters as it is not an official function of the County Attorney authorized by Kentucky law and he will not provide specific legal advice to you on such matters. To locate a private attorney who can represent you in such matters, the Kentucky Bar Association has a lawyer locator located here. If you are unable to afford an attorney, you may qualify for the services of Kentucky Legal Aid which can be reached at (866) 452-9243 or by Clicking Here.

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Guardianship

Q. What is guardianship?

A. Guardianship is a legal tool that grants a parent or other adult legal authority to make decisions for a legally disabled adult. An adult is considered to be legally disabled (a ward) if a court after a jury trial has ruled in a disability hearing that the person cannot take care of her personal needs or manage her finances. At the same time the court declares a person to be disabled, it appoints a guardian or a conservator to help with personal or financial needs in the areas the disabled person can’t manage along.

In deciding this at the disability hearing, the court will look to see if the person can take care of some things on her own. Can she take care of her own money, her nutrition and her physical health and safety? If the person needs help in some areas, but not others, the court may appoint a limited guardian or a conservator. There are also many alternatives to guardianship that might be a better way to help.

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Q: How is an Emergency Guardianship different than a regular Guardianship?

A: An Emergency Guardianship is an escalated version of a Guardianship and is only indicated in cases of a life or death situation. The forms for both Guardianship and Emergency Guardianship can be obtained at the County Attorneys office or by Clicking Here. The County Attorney assists individuals in filling out petitions and presents guardianship cases to the jury for no charge. To discuss Guardianship, call (270)827-5753 to make an appointment with the County Attorney.

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Q. How do I go about obtaining a guardianship or conservatorship?

A. Guardianship petitions can be picked up at our office Monday through Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. The petition will need to be filed at the Henderson District Clerk’s Office, Monday through Friday 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The filing fee is $53.00. They accept cash, checks, or money orders. A member of our staff will be glad to assist you in filling out the papers if you need help.

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Bad Check

Q. What do I do if I have written a bad check?

A. If you believe you have written a bad check, you may contact the Bad Check Program at (270) 827-6008 to verify the status of a check. Our office will assist you with making payments arrangements and any other concerns.

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Child Support

Q. I have questions about child support, how do I learn more?

A. Click here to learn more about Child Support.

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Tax Collection

Q. I have questions about tax collection, how do I learn more?

A. Click here to learn more Tax Collection.

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Victims Rights

Q. I am a victim of a crime, what do I do?

A. If you have not yet reported the incident to law enforcement, please do so immediately. If it is an emergency, call 911. If you have reported the incident, click here for More Resources.

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