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Let me see if I can help and please rate 5 stars. I can see that this has a complex history and I would certainly be of the view that you would be best served by being represented rather than as a litigant in person - I think that you will struggle without legal representation. That said it is a matter for you - you are going to have to ask the court for an opportunity to file a witness statement where you set out the reasons for the delay in this application and the history. The court are likely to also require a s.7 report in this matter. No final decisions will be made at the first hearing - it is to determine how things will progress - I have also attached a link to a great book which explains the court process - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Represent-Yourself-Family-Court-understanding/dp/147211910X
If you would wish to be represented then please also seek a telephone call and I can try and help.
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A section 7 report is a welfare report prepared by Cafcass (the book should really help). These are why I thought in a case such as your you may well be best served with representation. Happy to discuss and please rate 5 stars
A barrister would costs about a grand plus VAT for the hearing. Its very difficult - there are usually 3 or 4 hearings. Please rate 5 stars