FEEL LIKE YOU'RE RUNNING INTO A BRICK WALL?
You are not alone. Whether you are a layperson or seasoned lawyer, Texas divorce and family laws are complex and difficult to understand. My name is Craig Jackson, and I am a lawyer with Brewer Jackson & Lang, P.C. In the nearly twenty years that I have been practicing family law, I have seen just about everything there is to see in the world of divorce and family law. In my estimation, the only thing I can say with certainty about the outcome of any lawsuit is that the outcome is uncertain.
My goal with this site is to provide real world knowledge for parties as well as legal practitioners. If you are a going through a divorce or family law suit, we will provide information that will help you avoid common pitfalls, retain your sanity, become a better and more efficient client, and get the best results out of what can be a miserable situation. If you are a fellow lawyer or legal professional, I am hopeful that you will be able to use this site as a resource to help you avoid recreating the wheel as often as I have over the past twenty years.
My name is Craig Jackson, and I am a lawyer and mediator with Brewer Jackson & Lang, P.C., a law firm in Grapevine, Texas. I am board certified in the area of family law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, and for nearly twenty years, the majority of my practice has been dedicated to helping individuals with issues related to divorce, child custody, prenuptial agreements, protective orders, or other family law matters.
WHY I PRACTICE FAMILY LAW
At some point during just about every family law case, my client asks something along the lines of "Why on earth would you get into family law?"
The truth is I did not really choose to practice family law - rather, it chose me. As a new lawyer, I took whatever came through the door - family law, criminal law, probate, personal injury, and anything else that would pay the bills. I quickly learned that family law litigants can be some of the most miserable, mean, and hateful people on the planet. However, I noticed that others are among the most decent, honest, and caring people I've ever known.
I have continued to practice family law because the relationships with some clients (the decent, honest ones) transcend the mere exchange of services for money. My goal is to be a client's attorney for life and to serve them through times good and bad. My first divorce client hired me in the spring of 1997, and I have had the privilege of providing legal services to her continually since that time.
WHAT A FAMILY LAWYER DOES
No other area of law requires the breadth of knowledge that is required to be a successful divorce and family lawyer. Besides knowing the substantive body of law that is traditionally thought of as "family law," (i.e., matters related to divorce, property division, child custody, child support, etc.), a good divorce lawyer wears many other hats.
Civil Trial Lawyer - On the most basic level, a divorce and family lawyer is a civil trial lawyer. The rules of evidence, practice, and procedure in a suit for divorce are the same rules that apply in a breach of contract claim, medical malpractice case, personal injury case, or any other suit for damages.
Corporate Lawyer - Whenever a party to a divorce owns an interest in a business, the divorce suit frequently becomes a fight over the value and ownership of the business. Conversely, there are times in which it is in a client's interest to abandon any interest in an existing business in favor of starting a new business that excludes the spouse. There are countless issues that affect a business during a divorce, and a skilled lawyer must be able to spot and manage those issues.
Transactional Lawyer - Divorce suits frequently involve the acquisition or selling of assets. When those transactions occur before the divorce is final, care must be taken to ensure that the transactions do not prejudice the client's case. When those transactions occur after the divorce is final, the lawyer must ensure that the terms of final settlement or judgment are effectuated by the transactions.
Tort Lawyer - Webster's defines a tort as "a wrongful act other than a breach of contract for which relief may be obtained in the form of damages or an injunction." In a divorce, it is not uncommon for one spouse to sue the other for damages sustained because of wrongful acts committed during the marriage. Examples of torts that arise during a divorce include assault, battery, breach of fiduciary duty, negligent transmission of a sexually transmitted disease, intentional infliction of emotional distress.
I grew up in DeSoto, Texas, and after graduating from DeSoto High School, I attended the University of North Texas. I enjoyed college so much that I was pretty much forced to drop out of school. My folks cut off my money supply, so I joined the U.S. Navy Reserve. After boot camp and a temporary active duty stint, I returned to UNT to finish my undergraduate degree. I then attended Baylor Law School and graduated in 1996.
I live in Trophy Club, Texas with my wife of twenty years, Katy, our two teenagers, a boxer named Sandy, and a mutt named Ace.