Abigail Cooper


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I am a solicitor specialising in family law.

I studied law at Hull University, completing my Legal Practice Course at De Montfort University before being admitted as a solicitor in 1999.

I have 18 years experience practising all aspects of family law including:-

  • divorce
  • finance
  • cohabitation disputes
  • children applications (disputes between parents/carers)
  • domestic abuse
  • care (involving the Local Authority)

Cases of particular interest to me over the last few years have included a successful application for a parent to move out of the jurisdiction with their children. These applications need to be carefully planned with clear evidence of the merits to both Applicant and the child. I’ve also been involved with a number of cases in the High Court which involved an international element; the removal of children from their home country and preventative orders where there is prospect of children being moved from this jurisdiction.

I am proud to be a Resolution Accredited Specialist with specialism in Complex Financial Remedies and Children Applications. I look to abide by the Resolution code of conduct in all the cases I deal with. The breakdown of family relationships is difficult for all concerned; especially the children. My training and experience enables me to provide constructive and sensitive advice to help clients resolve their difficulties with as little emotional or financial distress as possible.

I am a trustee of the Daughters of Salford which supports families in need in Salford and also support the Lifecentre Charity in Salford by running a family law clinic each month.

I have a busy family life and love to spend time with my  children. I love walking, reading and a good movie.

Specialist Areas

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Family Law


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