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.
I have noticed a trend lately, in which divorces are instigated by educated individuals in their 40’s. The profile of the 40-something I am describing looks something like this: – Got married in their 20’s, sometime after completing college; – Focused on career development after marriage; – After becoming established in a profession, began to have children in their early 30’s; – Gave primary attention and focus to their young children through early adolescence (typically the wife/mother) but may also have continued to focus on career advancement; -If one spouse is the primary wage earner, they will have focused on […]
On the eve of the recent surge of states legalizing gay marriage, I was featured in a Detroit Legal News “Asked and Answered” article, where the discussion focused on the struggles that married, gay couples face when they want to divorce. Issues like the division of the marital estate, custody and support are challenges that many divorcing couples must face but same sex couples, living in a state that does not recognize the legality of their marriage, must confront these issues without the support of the family law court system. Gay marriage is not legal in Michigan but there are […]
In most counties, all court filings are now available on line. In this blog I will explore the impact of this on divorcing couples with minor children. As most people know, you begin a divorce action by filing a complaint for divorce. Once you file the complaint, your case is assigned to a judge and the information, meaning the contents of the documents you file with the court become available to purchase on line shortly thereafter. Since the information is public, the first encounter one may experience as a result of filing is that the non-filing spouse will receive a […]
He or she was once your sweetheart, but that bond has been legally broken through divorce. Still, is it possible to stay friends with your ex? In my experience as a divorce and family law attorney for 20 years, I think it depends on the couple and whether children are involved. When there are no children from the marriage, former married couples sometimes remain friends, but usually go their separate ways, often not seeing each other again or letting years pass. However, it’s a different story with children involved. When ex-spouses are co-parents, they remain in contact with each other […]
Usually around the holidays I write about survival tips for divorced parents and how to ensure that your children enjoy the season with as little post-divorce drama as possible. But for this December posting, I was thinking about how many people wait until after January 1st to file for divorce. So, if divorce is on your mind during the holidays, let’s take a look at what a best case scenario looks like. Understand that I do not take the issue of divorce lightly under any circumstance. I know the pain that is involved in making the decision to end a […]
I always tell my clients that a unified parental front is the best way to break the news of a divorce to a child of any age, if possible. If possible, telling your child about the impending divorce together is always best, so long as it can be done in a calm, civilized and cooperative manner. The word “we” should be used generously during the conversation, even if the decision to divorce was decided by only one of the parents. “We love you” and “this decision has nothing to do with you” are two phrases that cannot be stated enough […]
Filing for divorce is one of the most confusing, painful decisions that can occur in your life. It is so important from the very beginning, after the filing of the action, to give yourself permission to really feel your feelings, whatever they may be, and to give yourself time and space to engage in behavior that will lead to a happier outcome for you down the road. So, when you feel like crying inconsolably, let yourself really belt out a good cry in a safe place, either alone, or with a supportive friend or therapist, and leave any judgmental people out […]
Media Contact: Mary Linton Woll & Woll, 248.354.6070; firstname.lastname@example.org Birmingham, Mich. –Jan.25, 2017 – Although many romantics hope that Cupid’s arrow will strike this Valentine’s Day, relationships after divorce can be a tricky endeavor, especially if minor children are involved. Jessica Woll, managing partner of family law firm, Woll & Woll, P.C., who blogs on the firm’s website and tweets @DivorceWisdom, offers 8 tips on how divorced parents can protect the emotional health of their children when they decide to date again. Always let the children know they come first. Remain “child-centric” at all times, even when meeting that special […]
So, you have decided to file for divorce. Here are some tips to make this difficult journey a little easier: Be an adult and tell your spouse that you are going to file for divorce: If you are flying solo with the decision to end your marriage, be up front with your spouse about the decision. Your partner should hear about your decision to file for divorce directly from you and not a third party. How you handle the early rounds of the process may have a big impact on how smoothly your case will go, in general. If you […]
Media Contact: MaryConnell Linton, Woll & Woll, 248.354.6070, email@example.com Birmingham, Mich. – Dec. 22, 2016 – In the spirit of starting the new year with a clean slate, Jessica Woll, managing partner of family law firm, Woll & Woll, P.C., who blogs and tweets @DivorceWisdom, advises divorced parents to create a list of resolutions that specifically focus on the family and address any relationship issues they have with their ex. We’ve all made mistakes in the past, but the key is to learn from them and move on, according to the Michigan-based family law attorney, who has more than 22 […]
When it comes to custody and parenting time, our judges are tasked with the responsibility to act in the best interest of the minor children whose well-being is often dependent on the outcome of their parents’ custody disputes. There has been a movement in our courts toward the presumption that, if a couple is getting divorced, they should share time with their children, equally. Beginning a divorce action with an award of equal time to each parent gives little to no consideration for what is truly best for the child. What adds to the problem is the fact that, after […]
Media Contact: MaryConnell Linton, Woll & Woll, 248.354.6070, firstname.lastname@example.org Birmingham, Mich. – Nov. 17, 2016 – ‘All is calm. All is bright.’ Not exactly the words many divorced families would use to describe their holiday season, but Jessica Woll, managing partner of family law firm, Woll & Woll, P.C., who blogs and tweets @DivorceWisdom, knows that if both parents focus on being civil and put in a little extra effort to compromise, holiday festivities can be cordial and have a happy ending. According to the Michigan-based family law attorney, who has more than 22 years expertise in complex divorce and […]
Media Contact: Mary Linton, Woll & Woll, 248.354.6070; email@example.com Birmingham, Mich. – Sept. 1, 2016 – Jessica Woll, managing partner and co-founder of Woll & Woll, P.C., a Michigan-based divorce and family law firm with a particular expertise in complex family law issues, has been named a Michigan Super Lawyer 2016 in the practice area of family law. Woll is a leader in divorce and family law issues and an experienced litigator, counselor and negotiator, serving men, women and families in Michigan. She has noted expertise in change of domicile cases and custody issues. Woll holds a Juris Doctorate degree […]
Media Contact: MaryConnell Linton, Woll & Woll, 248.354.6070; firstname.lastname@example.org Birmingham, Mich. – June 14, 2016 – School is out, summer has begun and kids and families across the nation are filling their calendars with camps, trips and assorted other activities. But with millions of divorced parents having to share time with their children, it may not be sun-time and fun-time for all. Jessica Woll, managing partner of Woll & Woll, P.C., a Michigan-based divorce and family law practice specializing in complex family law issues, offers summer survival tips for divorced parents. First, according to Woll, in a time when childhood […]