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.
A few weeks ago, I wrote a blog about the importance of co-parenting effectively in high conflict divorce cases, in light of the Covid-19 pandemic. As always, remaining child-centric℠ regarding all decisions impacting your children, should be first and foremost on both parent’s minds. Remaining child-centric℠ does not only apply to high conflict parenting situations; it applies to all matters that affect our minor children. The closing of schools was announced today, in Michigan. In light of this development, remaining child-focused applies to all families as they work to navigate this strange time. I, myself, have a very active 14-year-old […]
If ever a time exists when you need to present a unified front with your ex for the sake of the safety of your children, the time is now. However, divorced couples are often not on the same page when it comes to parenting their children. Now, more than ever, is the time to flip that script. So, how can you and your ex work together to keep your kids safe? Crisis Resolutions to Live By: Remain “child-centric” at all times. Child-centric means putting your child’s needs above your own, at all times. If possible, get a firm commitment from […]
Happy 2019: I have written many times about resolutions for the New Year, that are designed to promote better co-parenting with your ex-spouse. It’s an important topic for you and your children, all the time, but for most of us, the start of a new year is the time when we give pause and reflect on how to be better versions of ourselves. Regardless of how you feel about your former husband or wife, the two of you can agree on the fact that you love the children, the two of you brought into the world together, more than anything. […]
There are always times when you must make a choice in how you interact with your ex, when you share a child. In these times, you can choose restraint and take a higher road, when it comes to co-parenting, or you can let yourself be driven by your frustration with all of your ex’s traits that probably contributed to your split. The latter choice is never good for your children and it certainly isn’t good for you. Your ex is an ex most likely because he or she frustrated you and eventually made you angry to the point of no […]
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 […]
BIRMINGHAM, MICHIGAN—When well-known Family Law Attorney, Jessica Woll, began writing “The Wise Divorce” many months ago, she never dreamed her book would be released during a worldwide pandemic. Calls to Woll’s office are up dramatically during this health and economic crisis, now that couples are sheltering in place together and she is providing critical information to men and women seeking matrimonial counsel and parenting advice, specific to this unprecedented time. Woll states, “many women and men have been thinking about divorce for months and even years and their thoughts have become crystal clear during the Stay Home Stay Safe Order. […]
We are ALL at the mercy of COVID-19 right now. No one is immune to the rigors of sheltering in place. The impact of the virus and the resulting isolation are trying on everyone. One population, however, is facing some unique challenges. During this unprecedented sheltering in place, children of divorce are generally under more stress than their peers who have two parents at home. This is especially true if the parents fail to see eye-to-eye as the result of a contentious divorce. Children are anxious and frightened by the changes in their lives right now and need stability and […]