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.
Addictions, to such things as alcohol and drugs, are a contributing factor in a high number of divorce cases. (I reference alcohol in this Blog, however, all of the points also apply to a person with a drug addiction.) ALCOHOL: Proving someone is an alcoholic, when they say they are not, might be difficult. If you know your spouse has a drinking problem, but he or she is going to deny it, what can you do to prove it in order to protect your children? COURT ORDERS: Usually the burden is on the accusing parent to prove that the other […]
An affluent business man, we will call Larry, retained my services to represent him in his divorce action. Larry is the father of three young children. When the parties’ youngest child was only three (3) months old, Larry’s wife, who we will refer to as Lolita, left him for a man she met at yoga. Larry was devastated when Lolita filed for divorce and requested sole physical custody of their children. He felt cheated in many ways but was most saddened by the prospect of not beginning and ending the day with his children on a daily basis. After Larry […]
Back before the economy tanked, many of my divorce clients owned homes that had equity. Usually, the marital residence was an asset and not a liability. When homes were worth money, a divorcing couple had options. One party could buy out the other’s interest in the property, or the home could be sold and the wife and husband could divide the equity realized from the sale. Sadly, in this day and age the marital home is rarely a marital asset, but is now more often than not a marital debt. So what can you do?????? First, you need to decide […]
With the troubled Michigan economy, many parents are forced to consider employment opportunities outside of the state. If an out-of-state move is necessary, a divorced parent will need to request court permission to leave the state if they share legal custody of their minor child with the other parent. Before the economy went awry, a request to move out of state with a child was not easily granted in a case where both parents were active participants in a child’s life. However, nowadays with more and more people losing jobs, the necessity of an out-of-state move has become a reality […]
As we all know, the ability to access information is quick, cheap and everywhere. Naturally, this access can have a direct impact on your divorce. I cannot tell you how many people have learned about their spouse’s affair by stumbling upon an inappropriate e-mail on the home computer, reviewing a text message from the other man or woman after hearing the ding of their wife’s or husband’s Blackberry in the middle of the night, or by simply paying a little more attention to the cell phone charges on the monthly bill. I am sure that most of us have said […]
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 […]
Media Contact: Mary Linton, Woll & Woll P.C., 248.354.6070, firstname.lastname@example.org Birmingham, Mich. – June 30, 2014 – School is out, summer has officially begun and kids and families across the nation are filling their calendars with camps and trips. But with more than four million 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 with a niche expertise in complex family law issues, offers summer survival tips for divorced parents. First, according to Woll, in […]
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 […]
Media Contact: Mary Linton, Woll & Woll, 248.354.6070, email@example.com Southfield, Mich. – Feb. 19, 2014 – Jessica Woll, managing partner of Woll & Woll, P.C., a Michigan-based divorce and family law practice with a particular expertise in complex family law issues, has been named one of Michigan’s 30 Leaders in the Law by the legal trade publication Michigan Lawyers Weekly. The Leader in the Law is awarded to lawyers for their significant accomplishments or achievements in the legal field, outstanding contributions to the practice of law in Michigan, leadership in improving the justice system in Michigan, seeking improvements to the […]
Divorce and family law attorney discusses platonic relationships after the spark burns out Media Contact: Mary Linton, Woll & Woll, 248.354.6070, firstname.lastname@example.org Southfield, Mich. – Feb. 4, 2014 – – 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? Jessica Woll, managing partner of Woll & Woll, P.C., a Michigan-based divorce and family law practice with particular expertise in complex family law issues, says it depends on the couple and if children are involved. “When there are no children from the […]
Media Contact: Mary Linton, Woll & Woll, 248.354.6070, email@example.com Southfield, Mich. – Jan. 24, 2014 – – Jan. 1 marked the 20th anniversary for family owned and operated Woll & Woll, P.C., a Michigan-based divorce and family law practice with a particular expertise in complex family law issues. The Oakland Press highlighted the firm’s success in serving men, women and families in Michigan for 20 years on Jan. 23. The article explores the founding of the firm and the growth it has experienced the last 20 years. Read the full article here. Here is the announcement made […]
Media Contact: Mary Linton, Woll & Woll, 248.354.6070, firstname.lastname@example.org Southfield, Mich. – Jan. 14, 2014 –Jessica Woll, managing partner of Woll & Woll, P.C., a Michigan-based divorce and family law practice with a particular expertise in complex family law issues, recently spoke to WWJ 950 all-news radio on holiday survival tips for divorced parents. Woll stressed the need for parents to put the children first. To learn more from the interview, click here. In addition to the information Woll provided in the WWJ interview, she adds that in a time when childhood is fleeting, parents have to remain […]
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 […]
Southfield, Mich. – Nov. 18, 2013 – Jessica Woll, managing partner of Woll & Woll, P.C., a Michigan-based divorce and family law practice with a niche expertise in complex family law issues, was selected by her peers for inclusion in DBusiness magazine’s Top Lawyers for 2014 in the category of family business law. Ms. Woll has 20 years of experience as a litigator, counselor and negotiator serving families in Michigan. She has noted expertise in change of domicile cases and custody issues. Additionally, she is leading the way in analyzing the complex issues of gay couples who are uncoupling in […]