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 amount of support ordered for the benefit of a child is determined in Texas without
regard to the sex of the payor, payee, or child, or the marital status of the parents of
the child. A Texas court may not render an order that conditions the payment of child
support on whether a managing conservator allows a possessory conservator to have
possession of or access to a child
If the paying parent's monthly "net resources" are $6,000 or less, the court generally
applies the following schedule in rendering child support:
No. of Children % of Payor's Monthly Net Resources
6+ Not less than the amount for 5 children
Monthly "net resources" includes 100% of all wage and salary income and other
compensation for personal services (including commissions, overtime pay, tips, and
bonuses), interest, dividends, and royalty income, self-employment income, rental
income on property, all other income actually being received (including severance pay,
retirement benefits, pensions, trust income, annuities, capital gains, social security
benefits, unemployment benefits, disability and workers' compensation benefits,
interest income from notes regardless of the source, gifts and prizes, spousal
maintenance, and alimony).
Contrarily, "net resources" do not include return of principal or capital, accounts
receivable, or benefits paid in accordance with aid for families with dependent children.
The court shall deduct the following items from resources to determine the "net
resources" available for child support before applying the above standard guideline
percentage figure: social security taxes, federal income tax based on the tax rate for a
single person claiming one personal exemption and the standard deduction, state
income tax (if applicable), union dues, and expenses for health insurance coverage for
the payor's child.
It is clear that 100% of all wage and salary income includes overtime pay. Obviously,
whether pay is regular or overtime, variances in amount may exist from paycheck to
paycheck. Considering the past year of employment often will yield a more accurate
profile than considering the last one or two paychecks.