Solicitor advised that a Residence Order would ensure child's safety and be in place for his best interests. eg for father to undertake drug testings. When child is having contact with his father/family and if there were any concerns she could because she had a Residence Order be able to stop the contact knowing the court were aware of all of the facts. Daughter feels that her Solicitor has not acted in her best interests - the application and order should have been in place in 2011 but solicitor failed to submit her Residence Order application. Does she have any redress on the solicitor as I understand from recent legislation in April 2014 that Residence Orders and contact orders will no longer be available and instead a Child Arrangement Order would be applied for. This would mean that she would have to pay for everything herself and she is not in a position to do this. The alternative would be for her to meet with ex and family and only allow contact on her terms/agreement. Ex has not contributed any maintenance - what is the law saying in these matters. It just feels that everything is stacked against her financially. She wants son to have contact with his Dad and family but also wants him to be safe and for them to not accuse her of untruths. She doesn't want him to become a messed up little person. Could you please clarify if what I have read on the internet is correct and what advice you would give. Ex has not threatened to remove child and says he is a reformed character - however we have been informed that there are still drugs in his life.
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