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.
March 14, 2017

Divorce Wisdom: Take Care During a Divorce

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 […]
January 30, 2017

Divorce Wisdom: You’ve Decided to File for Divorce: 5 Tips to Help You Through the Process

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 […]
December 8, 2016

Divorce Wisdom: Parenting Time Schedules: A Child-centric Approach

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 […]
May 16, 2016

Divorce Wisdom: Taking the First Steps Down the Right Path

Everyone knows that divorce is one of the most traumatic life experiences a person can go through.  In my last blog, I wrote about six practices to follow on a daily basis, in order to find peace during a divorce.  I think these same practices should be followed by anyone even contemplating divorce, as well.  I would like to include a few additional thoughts to help you to mentally prepare and arm yourself for the arduous process of divorce, or for the difficult task of healing a bruised marriage, so that you may come out on the other side with […]
January 20, 2016

Divorce Wisdom: Divorce Survival Tips – An Uncommon Approach

You feel miserable. You may have thought you were tough, but nothing has prepared you for the pain you now feel, as a result of deciding to end your marriage. So the question is: what can you do now to ease this unbearable pain? I have spent years writing blog posts designed to help my readers cope with ending their marriages. My blog, Divorce Wisdom is filled with just such survival tips, based upon the conventional wisdom I’ve gathered from helping thousands of people through the divorce process. As a complement to the more practical advice I have shared over the […]
January 20, 2016

Divorce Wisdom: Divorce Survival Tips – An Uncommon Approach

You feel miserable. You may have thought you were tough, but nothing has prepared you for the pain you now feel, as a result of deciding to end your marriage. So the question is: what can you do now to ease this unbearable pain? I have spent years writing blog posts designed to help my readers cope with ending their marriages. My blog, Divorce Wisdom is filled with just such survival tips, based upon the conventional wisdom I’ve gathered from helping thousands of people through the divorce process. As a complement to the more practical advice I have shared over the […]
September 4, 2015

Divorce Wisdom: Your Divorce is Final – 5 Things you need to know to start your new life out right

I recently wrote a blog entitled, “Your Divorce is Final – 5 Things you need to do”. As a follow-up to that post, I decided to address what you need to know, as well, to achieve happiness in the aftermath of your divorce. If you have not already done so, I encourage you to read my previous blog regarding helpful steps to take, once your case is complete. Okay, so now that you have actively let go of anger, mourned the ending of your marriage, have pursued and continue to pursue happiness, have continued to be a role model to […]
August 25, 2015

Divorce Wisdom: Your Divorce is Final – 5 Things You Need To Do:

1. Let go of Anger: There is a Buddhist quote that states, “Holding on to anger is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.” I think this quote says it all. During the divorce process, your spouse, friends and loved ones have probably let you down in one way or another, while you were busy navigating the painful process of getting divorced. Now that your case is over, you need to find a way to let go of the ill will you feel toward others that resulted from your break up. If you have children with your […]
February 16, 2015

Divorce Wisdom: Taking the first step

There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” divorce. Universally though, anyone who has gone through the process can attest to the fact that it is one of the most painful experiences you will encounter in your life. Having been a divorce attorney for over 20 years, here are some thoughts to consider if you have been through divorce already or have decided to take the plunge. 1. Your decision to end your marriage will scare a lot of your friends and family, for a myriad of reasons. The number one reason, believe it or not, is […]
February 9, 2015

Divorce Wisdom: Dating tips post-divorce

Beginning a new relationship after divorce can be tricky, particularly if there are minor children involved. I find in my divorce practice that some jump into dating fairly quickly to avoid the loneliness that inevitably comes after the break up, while others remain gun shy about entering the world of romance. Whatever your circumstances post-divorce, here are some tips to make the world of dating better for you and your children: 1. Always let your children know they come first, no matter who you are dating. Remain “child-centric” at all times, even when you meet that special person that makes […]
December 29, 2014

Divorce Wisdom: Resolutions for Better Co-Parenting in the New Year

Okay, so, you are divorced or about to end your marriage. With the new year approaching, it is not a bad idea to create a list of resolutions, designed especially to make your ex (or soon-to-be-ex) easier to deal with in the new year for you and your children. Before you commit to some or all of these resolutions, you might want to invoke a ritual to help you transition into a new mindset. Create something that makes these changes really feel like an important decision and therefore, easier to implement. My favorite “Get Ready” ritual for New Year’s Resolutions […]
November 13, 2014

Divorce Wisdom: Surviving (and enjoying!) the holidays as a divorced parent

With the holidays approaching as quickly as the temperatures are dropping, we’re reminded that this season is about peace, harmony and good will. But if you’re a divorced parent who has to share time with your children this holiday season, it may not be that joyful –unless you plan ahead. Here are six tips to help you survive (and even enjoy!) this holiday season: Remain “child-centric” at all times. I am a strong believer that a child’s needs always coming first. I remind clients to ask themselves what their child will benefit from most. What will create happy holiday memories? […]
September 12, 2014

Divorce Wisdom: Divorcing With Children? Keep Your Negotiatons “Child-centric”

I recently spoke with a well-known real estate appraiser, in the metropolitan Detroit area, about home appraisals. During the conversation, we got to talking about his divorce from his first wife. He had met his wife when they were both 10 years old. They were married for 25 years and had 4 children together. After years of marriage, the couple grew apart and decided to call it quits. How do you end a marriage that has lasted a quarter of a century with a woman you met when you had just hit double digits? Well, my friend told me that […]
July 31, 2014

Divorce Wisdom: Kids, career and the loss of connection

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 […]