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.
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 […]
I am often asked the question of what age can a child actually chose which parent they want to live with. The answer in the Michigan Family Courts varies from courtroom to courtroom. When one parent seeks a change of custody and the court finds that the requesting parent has proper cause to request that the court conduct a hearing on the issue, the Court’s focus will be on the child’s best interest as outlined in the Michigan Child Custody Act (MCL 722.23). The Act considers twelve (12) factors in determining what custody and parenting arrangement are in a child’s […]
Student loans becoming a point of concern for today’s engaged couples Southfield, Mich. – August 19, 2013 – As rising student loans become an increasing topic of conversation and concern, the issue is spilling over into pre-marital discussions, according to Jessica Woll, managing partner of Woll & Woll, P.C., a divorce and family law practice in Southfield, Mich. “I had a client who was just finishing up medical school and came to me to review a prenuptial agreement that had been drafted by his fiancée’s attorney,” said Woll. “Given the stifling cost of medical school, my client was entering the […]
Southfield, Mich. – August 1, 2013 – Woll & Woll, P.C., a divorce and family law practice in Southfield, Mich., announces Managing Partner Jessica Woll has been named a diversity leader by Corp! Magazine, a Michigan-based business news print and online publication. Ms. Woll will be honored at Corp’s Salute to Diversity annual event on Aug. 22 at the MGM Grand Hotel in Detroit. Honorees are noted in the diversity focused company, diversity champion and individual categories. Woll is an honoree in the individual category. Founded by a family of attorneys, Woll & Woll is a women-owned law firm under […]
Family law attorney addresses the pros and cons of signing a prenuptial agreement Southfield, Mich. – July 1, 2013 – In the midst of wedding season, Jessica Woll, managing partner of Woll & Woll, P.C., a divorce and family law practice in Southfield, Mich., notes the pros and cons of signing a pre-nuptial agreement should be considered along with the guest list and flower arrangements. A pre-nuptial agreement is a contract between two people that becomes valid upon the marriage of the couple and can include anything they want so long as the terms of the contract are legal. For […]
Southfield, Mich. – June 27, 2013 –Attorney Jessica Woll, managing partner of Woll & Woll, P.C., a family law practice based in Southeast Michigan, aims to provide truth in five common myths in Michigan divorce law. The first myth is that the party who files first will get a better settlement. “In Michigan, judges do not care who files for divorce first. The law is not designed to reward one party for beating their spouse to the courthouse to file for divorce,” explained Woll. “A few items the judge does care about is whether the individual who files is afraid […]