Woll & Woll receives registered service mark certification in Michigan for “child-centric divorce℠”

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Birmingham, Mich. – Nov. 20, 2017 – Woll & Woll, P.C., a Michigan-based divorce and family law firm specializing in child-centric divorce℠ matters and complex family law issues, is pleased to announce that the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) in Lansing, Michigan, has issued a certificate of registration for the terminology, “child-centric divorce℠” to Woll & Woll, P.C., effective Oct. 11, 2017.

“Words are more than just text on a page. They can champion a position or be a call to action,” said Jessica Woll, managing partner of Woll & Woll, P.C. “The firm wanted to further convey our stance on promoting the best interests of children in all matters of divorce, and registration of ‘child-centric divorce℠’ reflects our ongoing commitment to putting children first.”

Woll, herself a product of divorce, is known for her advocacy of child-centric divorce℠. She changed the steps the Court must take when determining whether a parent may leave the state with a minor child.  In the case of Rittershaus v. Rittershaus, Woll established that a Court must conduct a best-interest analysis when a change of domicile is found to change the established custodial environment of a minor child. (273 Mich. App. 462, 470-471, 730 N.W.2d 262 (2007).

In 2014, Woll began a crusade to keep detailed, and often messy, divorce information private, in order to protect the innocent, minor children involved. In most Michigan counties, court filings are available online, and for a small fee, the general public can access the ‘dirty secrets’ of a divorcing couple. Although Woll has not been able to get the law changed yet, she has found success in convincing attorneys and judges to request that certain divorce and custody information harmful to children not be made part of the public file.

Woll has also been a vocal opponent of proposed Michigan House Bill 4691, which revises several provisions of the Child Custody Act of 1970, Public Act 91 and aims for granting joint custody and equal parenting time to both parents following divorce.

“There are a host of potentially damaging issues that can occur with a 50/50 parenting time schedule, including the challenges for children of creating a home in two different dwellings, the need for a child to spend more time with a particular parent based on age and developmental stages, or the simple matter of logistics for working parents,” Woll said. “Custody decisions should not be based on a parent’s gender—what I believe to be the premise of HB4691—and should focus instead on what’s in the best interest of the child.”

Under the handle ‘Divorce Wisdom,’ Woll also regularly blogs and tweets about child-centric divorce℠ issues.  The service mark registration of child-centric divorce℠ will remain in effect for a 10-year term from the date of registration with the option to renew.

About Woll & Woll, P.C.

Committed to excellence in child-centric divorce℠ matters and complex family law issues since 1994, Woll & Woll specializes in divorce and family law, including legal separation, post-judgment of divorce matters, removal of domicile actions, stepparent adoption, custody, child support, paternity and other family issues. Learn more at http://www.wollandwollpc.com.

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