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September 1, 2015
Once referred for family maintenance services, clients can expect the ministry legal representative to review the family maintenance criteria and inquire about the applicant’s family status and whether the applicant has any safety concerns before making contact with the respondent to pursue maintenance. Safety concerns are identified as behaviours that may lead to harm or that cause or have caused harm to one or more of the parties.
Family maintenance service includes a safety assessment. When no safety concerns are evident the ministry legal representative proceeds with appropriate maintenance action.
When the ministry legal representative does not want to proceed due to high risk, family maintenance services are discontinued and the assignment is terminated.