JESSICA WOLL


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.
May 17, 2011

Divorce Wisdom: When to File for Divorce

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. In this months blog, I will briefly discuss the issue of whether you should file your divorce action first. Most people who call […]
March 4, 2011

Divorce Wisdom: How Do You Tell the Children About the Divorce?

In my experience, under normal circumstances, children are naturally devastated when they learn that their parents are getting a divorce. It does not matter how old or young a child is; the news is heartbreaking. Even children in their 20’s and older often feel that their “rock” or home base has been taken away from them. So, if divorce is eminent, how do you tell your child? In my practice I am often asked this question, so here are some thoughts: Older children may feel betrayed by their parents if they learn about the divorce after the filing. Telling your children […]
February 23, 2011

Divorce Wisdom: Unhappy Marriages – Why Do People Stay?

For my fifth post I will focus on why people stay in unhappy marriages and thoughts to consider when deciding whether to stay or go. Here is a list of some of the main reasons why people stay in unhappy marriages: CHILDREN: Unless you have children, it is difficult to understand why a person would stay married for the sake of his/her child. Having a child myself, I can see why a person would not want to give up living under the same roof as their child in exchange for remaining in a crummy marriage. However, when abuse of any […]
February 17, 2011

Divorce Wisdom: Who’s At Fault; Is it Worth Pursuing?

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 fourth posting, I will discuss fault in divorce and if it’s worth pursuing. Any legally obtained information regarding your spouse’s […]
February 10, 2011

Divorce Wisdom: Is Possession Really 9/10ths of the Law?

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 third posting, I will briefly discuss the issue of possession of personal property during divorce. We have all heard the […]
December 13, 2013

Managing Partner of Woll & Woll named Top Lawyer for 2014 by DBusiness magazine

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 […]
December 12, 2013

Divorce Wisdom: All I want for Christmas is a Perfect Divorce

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 […]
October 8, 2013

Managing Partner of Woll & Woll lists signs that a spouse may be cheating

Surprise: lack of interest in an intimate relationship is at bottom of the list Southfield, Mich. – Oct. 8, 2013 – Jessica Woll, Managing Partner of Woll & Woll, P.C., a Divorce and Family Law practice in Southfield, offers key signs that could mean a spouse is not being faithful. Surprisingly, a lack of interest in an intimate relationship is at the bottom of the list. “As a divorce attorney, many of my cases involve infidelity so I have learned to identify patterns of behavior displayed by cheating spouses that go beyond intimacy,” said Woll. According to Woll, if a […]
October 4, 2013

Divorce Wisdom: Is He/She Cheating?

As a divorce attorney, many of my cases involve infidelity. Because of this fact, I see patterns of behavior displayed by cheating spouses. Here are nine (9) signs to look out for when you suspect your spouse is not being faithful: 1. Your spouse purchases new lingerie/under garments when the last time that occurred was on your honeymoon. 2. Your spouse carries his/her cellular phone with them always and freaks out when you casually pick up their telephone to make a quick call. 3. Your spouse adds a pass code to all of his/her electronic devises. 4. Your spouse seems […]
August 9, 2013

First comes love, then comes student debt… then comes marriage? Maybe.

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 […]
August 1, 2013

Managing Partner of Woll & Woll recognized by Corp! Magazine as diversity leader

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 […]
July 23, 2013

Divorce Wisdom: Pre-Nups and Debts

You hear an awful lot about people obtaining prenuptial agreements before their wedding to protect their money, but what about a prenup to protect you from your spouse’s debt? Ever since the economy went down hill, people have been more pragmatic about the accumulation of debt, especially debt created by another, even if that debt is created by the person they love. As I stated in a prior Blog, a couple engaged to be married can include in their marriage contract (a/k/a “the prenuptial agreement”), basically anything that is legal. An agreement to travel the world or even jump out […]
July 1, 2013

Here comes the bride… And the pre-nup?

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 […]
June 28, 2013

Divorce Wisdom: The Pros and Cons of Signing a Prenuptial Agreement

It’s June – the most popular month for a couple to get married. As a divorce attorney, the wedding season typically brings in clients in need of a prenuptial agreement. But I can tell you from experience, prenuptial agreements are not for everyone. Therefore, this blog posting will explore the pros and cons of prenuptial agreements based upon my personal knowledge of drafting them, enforcing them and having them set aside. However, before I begin my list, a basis understanding of what a prenuptial agreement actually is needs to be discussed. A prenuptial agreement (sometimes referred to as an antenuptial […]