THOMAS A. MARTIN
Attorney-at-Law
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 marriage.

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 property.