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.
COMMUNITY PROPERTY V. SEPARATE PROPERTY
Separate property consists of the property owned or claimed by a spouse before
marriage, the property acquired by the spouse during marriage by gift, devise, or
descent (generally, inheritance), and the recovery for personal injuries sustained by the
spouse during marriage, except any recovery for loss of earning capacity during
Community property consists of the property, other than separate property, acquired
by either spouse during marriage. Property possessed by either spouse during or on
dissolution of marriage is presumed to be community property.
The degree of proof necessary to establish that property is separate property is "clear
and convincing evidence" (as opposed to preponderance of the evidence or proof
beyond a reasonable doubt). If one spouse makes a gift of property to the other spouse,
the gift is presumed to include all the income and property that may arise from that