DFWfamilylawyer.com. I am Craig Jackson, a trial lawyer with Brewer Jackson, P.C. While we have a perfectly fine site at www.brewerjackson.com, I wanted a stand alone site on which I could add content at my leisure that our divorce and family law clients or other lawyers might find useful because divorce and family law clients need more information than can be provided on a static website. I hope to educate litigants so that they can better understand the legal system, avoid common pitfalls, retain their sanity, become better and more efficient clients (and, as a result, save money they would otherwise pay in legal fees), and get the best results out of what can be a miserable situation.
Nothing says “I feel good” like a Harry Chapin tune. Today’s Feel-Good Friday features one of Harry’s finest, “W-O-L-D.” I don’t care what kind of music you might like, “There’s a spot on the top of my head just begging for a new toupee” is as good a line as has ever been written. A few years ago, a fellow by the name of Tom Reynolds wrote a book called I Hate Myself and Want To Die: The 52 Most Depressing Songs You’ve Ever Heard. I was disappointed that the only Chapin song that made the list was “The Shortest Story.” Granted, “The Shortest Story” certainly deserved to be on the list – probably at number one seeing that it is a song so depressing that it doesn’t really deserve First Amendment protection. However, there’s no “Cats in the Cradle.” There’s No “Taxi.” And there’s no “W-O-L-D.”
One of the most common complaints in divorce land is that one of the parties is so focused on his or her career that the rest of the family suffers. On the flip side, the offending party will say that he or she works so much for the benefit of the rest of the family. There are two things in this regard that I believe to be true: your family needs you more than your money and nobody ever said on his deathbed,”I wish I had spent more time at the office.” If you doubt either of those things, take a listen to W-O-L-D unless you actually want to find yourself saying,”Okay, Honey, I see. I guess he’s better than me. Sure old girl, I understand. You don’t have to worry, I’m such a happy man.”
Man, watching this video reminds me how sweet the 70s really was. If for no other reason, it was truly the golden age of the singer-songwriter. Rest in peace, Harry.
Making money at thirty, with a wife and a son. Then a short five years later, it all comes undone.
Today’s Feel-Good Friday segment features John Conlee’s “Backside of Thirty,” a cautionary tale about love, marriage, and procreation.
This white tennis shoe with really dark blue jeans wearing troubador wasn’t the flashiest performer you’ve ever seen. At his high water mark, he was about as sexy as your dad. But man, he never wrote or sang a bad song.
Today’s Feel-Good Friday segment features “Holes in the Wall,” a particularly uplifting tune that was penned and performed by the legendary Dale Watson. Dale also displays his considerable acting chops in this heart-warming video. Dale is probably the only vocalist alive today who can sing about spackle and Pine-Sol and still sound credible. You can find his tour schedule at www.dalewatson.com, and it would behoove you to check him out every time he is in your particular corner of the world.
I suppose I should throw out a warning that the video has a quasi-graphic self-inflicted gunshot scene that might be a little disturbing for the particularly squeamish. On the other hand, you might watch the video and ask, “You felt the need to warn me about that?”
In this week’s installment of Feel-Good Friday, I give you the late, great Gary Stewart, who happens to be the most under-appreciated artist of all time. Gary Stewart was a man whose life and death were as tragic as the songs he wrote. I challenge Rascal Flatts, Keith Urban, Blake Shelton, or anyone else that gets played on today’s country radio to fit black mustaches, red Cadillacs, divorce lawyers, and “the alimony man,” into one song.
Many of our clients hail from Southlake, Colleyville, the Park Cities, or one of the other numerous affluent areas in the Metroplex. However, there is something about the Southlake divorce that can be particularly toxic. Numerous articles from various business journals and magazines have identified Southlake, Texas as being one of the most affluent cities (if not the most affluent city) in the country for several years running. With an estimated median income of somewhere between $170,000 and $220,000 (depending on the source), it is not difficult to see why. One can literally cruise through miles of neighborhoods and see nothing but million-dollar homes. Porsches are more plentiful than Toyotas. Owning a big boat, lake house, beach house, a mountain cabin, or some combination of such items is the norm. On any given weekday, the shops in the Southlake Town Square are bustling from sun-up until sundown because the majority of families are single income families. The stay-at-home moms have plenty of time and plenty of cash flow to pay for it all, and good for them . . . as long as love is in the air. Once that divorce petition is filed, all those things that make Southlake living so awesome are also what make Southlake divorces so miserable.
The parties in a Southlake divorce are not any more or less difficult to deal with than parties from any other part of town. Most are perfectly decent people who happen make a lot of money. However, just because they make a lot of money, it does not follow that they have a lot of money. Those who make a lot of money but don’t have a lot of money tend to live just like those who actually have a lot of money. While $170,000 to $220,000 is certainly good money by most people’s standards, it is not enough to pay the freight on the million dollar house, the lake house, and two luxury cars and have anything left over. In fact, it is not uncommon for my clients who make in the $400,000 to $600,000 range to still live paycheck to paycheck. People simply tend to spend what they make, but once there is a break in the family and the parties split up, there is simply not enough cash to go around to support either party in the lifestyle to which he or she has become accustomed. However, nowhere in Texas jurisprudence is it contemplated that anyone is entitled to continue to live in a lifestyle to which he or she has become accustomed, and therein lies the rub.
Stay tuned for The Southlake Divorce, Part II. I will address damage control in a Southlake divorce.
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