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.
MODIFICATION MAINTENANCE - NOT ALIMONY
Texas does not allow traditional "alimony" payments, or post divorce payments from
one spouse for benefit of the other spouse.
"Maintenance" means an award in a suit for dissolution of a marriage of periodic
payments from the future income of one spouse for the support of the other spouse.
With some minor exceptions, the basic requirements are that the party seeking
alimony must have been married at least ten years and be unable to be self-supporting.
The monthly payment is limited to no more than $2,500 or 20% of the payer's income,
whichever is less.
Maintenance is generally limited to three years. However, if the former spouse is
physically or mentally disabled, payments may be extended indefinitely. The obligation
to pay future maintenance terminates on the death of either party or on the remarriage
of the party receiving maintenance.