With more than 25 years of family law experience, including her knowledge of crisis counseling, Jessica Woll is expertly qualified to guide her clients through the tumultuous experience of divorce and custody disputes. Her finesse at combining knowledge of the many facets of the law, with equal parts compassion, creativity and tenacity, has made her a formidable champion for her clients. Jessica is also a fierce advocate for the well-being of children and her mantra for divorcing parents to “remain child-centric at all times” has helped her clients to remember to keep the best interests of their children in the forefront.
In addition to her law degree from Wayne State University, Jessica holds a degree from the University of Michigan in International Relations and Economic Development, and has lived abroad in England, Japan and Thailand. Her love of travel and experiencing the many cultures of the world has given her a unique perspective both professionally and as an active member of the diverse community that makes up Metro Detroit. These skills have propelled Jessica to the forefront of her field.
Hello my name is Jessica Woll and I have been practicing divorce and family law for close to two decades. The job has taught me a great deal about human beings going through what is often one of the worst experiences in their lives. In my Blog I will share my client’s stories, while maintaining their right to privacy. I will offer advice, tips and insights based upon these stories. I hope that you find the information beneficial. For my second posting I will briefly discuss the issue of whether you should stay in your home or move out during […]
Hello my name is Jessica Woll and I have been practicing divorce and family law for close to two decades. The job has taught me a great deal about human beings going through what is often one of the worst experiences in their lives. In my Blog I will share my client’s stories, while maintaining their right to privacy. I will offer advice, tips and insights based upon these stories. I hope that you find the information beneficial. For my first posting I will share a story related to a father regarding the issue of physical custody: I had a […]
I recently came across an excerpt from a hearing held by a Minnesota Family Law Judge, Michael Haas, on the topic of divorcing parents. I read Judge Hass’ statement before as it has been circulating amongst family law practitioners for some time, since the judge’s statements were made in 2001. Despite being over a decade old, Judge Haas’ wise words will forever remain timely. In 2001, Judge Haas had the following to say to a divorcing couple about their minor children: “Your children have come into this world because of the two of you. Perhaps you two made lousy choices […]
I am often asked by potential clients what he or she can do to get ready for divorce before they are actually ready to push that button. Here are 6 things you can do to better prepare for your divorce: 1. Marriage Counseling: Any couple contemplating divorce might benefit from counseling, if both parties are committed to trying to make counseling work. If marriage counseling is not successful, you may be able to switch from marriage counseling to divorce counseling. If a counselor can help you and your spouse remain civil while you work on a settlement, you will save […]
Hiring a divorce attorney can be a daunting task. Particularly when you consider the cost involved in getting a divorce. In order to cut down on your costs, consider these 6 Tips: 1. Understand that you get what you pay for: The best divorce attorneys charge by the hour. While there are attorneys that will do your divorce for a flat fee, these attorneys should be avoided except in cases where you have no children and no property to divide. You really will get what you pay for. Choosing the right divorce attorney is crucial. After all, you are trusting […]
Most people’s New Year resolutions, more often than not, focus on diet and exercise. While making healthy changes are always important, one should not forget that our mental well being is just as important to our overall good health. As a divorce practitioner for almost two decades, I have seen how divorce and its aftermath impact a couples’ emotional health. Usually, the effect is none too pretty. Okay, so you have made it through the holidays, but your ex is still driving you nuts. What can you do about it? If you find yourself at this time of year going […]
When we think of the holidays, we would all like to think about peace, harmony and good will. Holidays are times for our children to have a ball and create lasting memories. Unfortunately, over four million divorced parents in the United States may not feel happy when it comes to thinking about the holidays. But regardless of how you feel about facing this year’s holiday season, I am sure that you want the holidays to be a good time for yourself, but more importantly for your children. Here are 7 quick tips that I hope will make the season a […]
Your spouse is a no good cheater so you decide to file for divorce. How will your spouse’s bad acts impact your settlement? I received a call from a man seeking a divorce. He informed me that he had been working overseas on a job assignment for the past year. During his time away from home, he supported his wife of 22 years by sending her money on a monthly basis to cover all of the household expenses. After completing his work assignment, the husband returned home. The husband finished his work assignment a few weeks ahead of schedule and […]
MYTH ONE: “I will get a better settlement if I file first.” This is not true. In Michigan, judges do not care who files for divorce first. Michigan law is not designed to reward one party for beating their spouse to the court house to file for divorce. However, there are certain circumstances in which it may be in your best interest to be first to file. Here are some examples of when it may be a good idea to file first: If you are afraid for your safety or the safety/well-being of your minor children. If you are afraid […]
I recently saw a billboard advertisement for an attorney next to the highway on my way downtown last weekend which said, “In god we trust – all others we sue.” I saw another one of this particular attorneys billboards a few days later that said, “Everyone hates a lawyer until they need one.” Of course like many of you who might have seen these ads and others like them you felt disgusted and even outraged. You may have thought “who in their right mind would hire an attorney so vile?” But the attorney, who boldly put himself out there for […]
I cannot tell you how many of my clients want to fight over matters of principle rather than take a cost verses benefit approach to their divorce. Okay, so you are getting divorced because your spouse is a real @#$%^&*%&*8! YOU CAN FILL IN THE BLANKS HERE. If the above definition describes the state of your marriage, then I say the best revenge against a cheating, lying and/or abusive spouse is to live well in the aftermath. But how can you live well during a state of marital turmoil? Start by following some simple guidelines during your divorce: Do not […]