THOMAS A. MARTIN
The Law Offices of Thomas A. Martin represents clients throughout Southeast Texas, including the cities of Houston, Galveston, Memorial, River Oaks, West University,
Clear Lake, League City, Sugar Land, Pearland, Beaumont, Hempstead, Katy, Conroe, and all the communities in Brazoria, Chambers, Fort Bend,
Galveston, Grimes, Harris, Jefferson, Liberty, Matagorda, Montgomery, Polk, San Jacinto, Trinity, Walker, Waller and Wharton Counties.
The Law Offices of Thomas A. Martin represents individuals
facing serious felony charges in both state and federal trial
and appellate courts. We represent people facing felony
charges from drugs to murder, and have developed an
emphasis on sex crimes (both adult and child offenses).
In our commercial litigation practice, we represent small
business owners facing "bet the business" litigation
prospects if the opposing side wins.
With our family law practice, we cherish the opportunity to
represent parents, especially fathers, who need a divorce
and want to keep or get custody of their kids.
The public policy of Texas is to assure that children will have frequent and continuing
contact with parents who have shown the ability to act in the "best interest" of the
child, provide a safe, stable, and non-violent environment for the child, and encourage
parents to share in the rights and duties of raising their child after the parents have
separated or dissolved their marriage. A court may not render an order that conditions
the right of a parent to possession of or access to the child on the payment of child
support. The "best interest" of the child shall always be the primary consideration of the
court in determining the issues of conservatorship and possession of and access to the
child. The court does not consider the gender of the parties in determining the terms
and conditions of conservatorship and possession of and access to the child.
The court may appoint one person as "sole managing conservator" or appoint both
parents as "joint managing conservators." A managing conservator must be a parent, a
competent adult, an authorized agency, or a licensed child-placing agency. If a child is
10 years of age or older, the child may, by a writing filed with the court, choose the
managing conservator subject to the approval of the court.
Refer to the Texas Family Code §153.132 for the rights and duties of a parent appoint as
sole managing conservator.
If an agreement for joint managing conservatorship is filed with the court, refer to the
Texas Family Code §153.133 for a listing of requirements in the agreement.
If an agreement for joint managing conservatorship is not filed with the court, refer to
the Texas Family Code §153.134 for a listing of factors that the court will consider in
constructing and rendering an order for joint managing conservatorship.
Possession of the children is subject to mutual written agreement by the parties,
governed by the standard of best interest of the child, and subject to court review and
approval. Generally speaking, the non-custodial parent will have possession of the child
on the 1st, 3rd, and 5th weekends of every month, an extended summer visitation
schedule, and swapping holidays with the custodial parent.