Carlos M. Lastra is a highly effective trial lawyer whose experience has earned him... more
Carlos M. Lastra is a highly effective trial lawyer whose experience has earned him such recognitions as being named a top "Divorce Attorney" in Washingtonian and Bethesda magazine and in Marquis' Who's Who in American Law, as well an "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubble. He has also been named by the Maryland and D.C. Super Lawyers publications as one of the top Maryland and D.C. metropolitan are... view profile
Bethesda, MD based family lawyer for 15+ years. After completing a judicial... more
Bethesda, MD based family lawyer for 15+ years. After completing a judicial clerkship in 1995, I opened my own law office in Rockville, MD. Since then, I've enjoyed practicing law in small firms but I always return to the flexibilty of my own practice, where I may choose to take a case and help a client I couldn't help if I was practicing at a bigger law firm. I represent clients throughou... view profile
When an ex-spouse makes payments to a former spouse after the divorce, the payments are called alimony. Alimony payments (also called spousal support) are intended to preserve the lifestyle the former spouse enjoyed before the divorce. Unlike child support, which is a required payment to fund a child's necessities, no one is guaranteed alimony. If a couple can't agree, a judge decides whether to award alimony. A divorce lawyer who specializes in alimony knows what information you need to calculate alimony, and can also help if you feel your ex-spouse is asking for too much alimony.