Plano, Collin County Divorce Lawyers

Collin County
Divorce and Family Law:

Divorce and other family law issues are some of the most delicate legal matters. The future lives of individuals and families will be affected by the manner in which the issues are resolved. The impact that these difficult times will have on your life and the lives of your children makes it that much more important that you secure the counsel of an experienced and effective family law attorney. it is: Mission Critical Litigation.

The Jackson Law Group divorce and family law attorneys have been helping individuals and families find solutions to the challenges of divorce, modification or child custody cases since 1994. We bring a depth of knowledge and skill set to each client that has been recognized by their certifications as family law specialists by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. If you are faced with divorce or a child custody dispute, domestic violence, enforcement of visitation or child support orders, think of Jackson.  We are here to help you through the stress and uncertainty of these difficult times.

The family law team at Jackson Law.


ENJEarl N. Jackson is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in family law. He is a member of the Texas Academy of Family Law Specialists; the College of the State Bar of Texas; Texas Bar Association Family Law Section, Dallas Bar Association Family Law Section and has been admitted to the bar for the United States District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas. He is the author of this website and the articles within it.

Earl, together with his amazing staff, prides himself on giving each case his full dedication and attention. Earl maintains a team of experienced and skilled professionals who assist Mr. Jackson in achieving the client’s goals. Earl approaches every case with the same seriousness and dedication, be it an agreed divorce or a hotly contested custody battle. His goal is to deliver value-driven representation to assure that you receive quality legal assistance to the end that your desired results are obtained.

Earl Jackson’s family law experience is extensive. He is board certified. Over the years, he has litigated with most of the top divorce lawyers in the Dallas Metroplex area.  His clients have included a broad range of people from truck drivers, police officers, doctors, lawyers, government employees, military personnel, independent business owners, executives, and housewives.  Earl appreciates the sensitive nature of the family law case.  It is private business and should remain private as possible.

Although Earl is an exceptional trial lawyer, he understands the value of settlement.  Through settlement, a party can control their own destiny, control the future and substantially reduce the costs associated with litigation.  If children are involved,  the amicable resolution of a divorce case promotes the welfare of children. Recognize, although the parents are divorced, a relationship between the parties will continue for years to come.  That said, preparation is the key to success for either settlement or court proceedings.  Earl has handled numerous custody cases and has successfully obtained the primary designation for both Mothers and Fathers.  An example, Mother was denying possession and access to Father. She refused to let Dad have his visitation.  After several attempts at a negotiated settlement and admonishment by the Court as to Mother, the Father won custody of his child.  As to property cases, Earl has handled a number of business evaluation cases: cases involving partnerships, limited liability companies and cases involving extensive division of multiple retirement and mutual fund accounts. One of his first cases, “back in the day,” involved substantial tracing issues to ferret out separate property which had been commingled with the community estate.   This case involved a party who brought substantial assets into the marriage (separate property), earned substantial income during the marriage (community property) and invested in multiples accounts across many different brokerage accounts (commingled property) – a complex property case.

What is a Board Certified Attorney?   For an attorney to use this designation, to essentially hold him or herself out as a Family Law Specialist, the attorney must have undergone a rigorous examination by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  This examination includes an extensive review of the attorney’s experience;  has secured the recommendation of judges and colleagues and has passed the board certification exam which takes place over two days in Austin, Texas.  That is a “quick” summary but the details are far more extensive.

Earl N. Jackson earned his undergraduate degree from Southern Methodist University and his J.D. from Texas A&M University School of Law.  At Texas A&M,  Earl graduated in the top 10% of his class and was Managing Editor for the Law Review. On a personal note, Earl and his family have a long relationship with the City of Dallas and are devoted to community service. He is actively engaged with and a supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. Earl is a member of the Order of the Arrow (a BSA honor society) and Wood Badge.  His two sons are both Eagle Scouts. He currently serves as the Charter Organization Representative for Troop 838 and, for the preceding five years, was the High Adventure Chair. As High Adventure Chair he developed the troop’s annual Wolf Creek Ski Trip and the Big Bend Introduction to High Adventure – a week long backpacking and canoe adventure into the Big Bend National Park –  in addition to the troop’s adventures to Philmont, Seabase and the jamborees.  He is a member of the Dallas Safari Club and active in his church.

Collin County Bar

RATRobert Thornton, of counsel to the Jackson Law Group, has become more and more an integral part of the Jackson Law Group’s representation of its clients.  Although a young lawyer, Robert represented an opposing party in one of Jackson’s divorce cases where child custody and relocation were at issue.  Robert’s attention to detail and aggressive posture impressed Jackson such that he became a regular part of the Jackson team.  Jackson likes to say: “Robert ferreted out all my traps.”  Robert is regularly called in to co-chair cases where the stakes are high and the litigation is fierce. 

Robert believes one of the most important aspects of family law is seeing the ‘big picture.’ This means understanding the law, the facts of your case and the range of possible outcomes. He is a student of the law but understands people, their goals and the “big picture” in a family law case. Robert  will advocate for the very best possible outcome in every case measuring both risks and rewards.  His analysis is conveyed to the client so that both the he and the client can make informed logical decisions. Robert is a top tier advocate for the client.  

Robert has worked on a variety of family law cases, including tracing of assets, child protective services, child custody, property division, international and interstate child custody issues. As an example, the UCCJEA (“Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act”) is one of the most complex statutes within the Code.  Robert’s detailed knowledge of this multistate statute, has both successfully maintained cases in Texas and excluded cases from Texas depending upon the desires of the client.  In one case, the judge was “dead set against him” but he prevailed. 

On a personal note: Robert grew up in South Georgia, but is proud to be a Texas. He is one of those who couldn’t get here fast enough. He graduated from the Cumberland School of Law at Birmingham, Alabama and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of North Alabama.  He loves the outdoors, and is passionate about hunting and playing his guitar.