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How to Qualify for Rehabilitative Alimony
By Benjamin Burnstine | Family Law Attorney
Posted on May 1, 2019
If a married couple decides to file for divorce, one party may be eligible to receive alimony or “spousal support.” Alimony is defined as financial assistance provided by one spouse to another during divorce proceedings and after the divorce is final. In Florida, there are several types of alimony designed to accommodate a variety of different circumstances that may result from divorce. One commonly overlooked type of court-ordered financial spousal support is rehabilitative alimony.
What Is Rehabilitative Alimony?
Rehabilitative alimony is short-term financial support that is paid to one party of a divorce in order to allow him or her a period of adjustment and adequate time to become financially independent.
What Is Rehabilitative Alimony Used For?
For instance, if one spouse in the divorce is injured and can’t work, a judge could order the other spouse to pay rehabilitative alimony until their ex is recovered. Rehabilitative alimony can also be awarded for a period of time if a spouse is unemployed, seeking a degree, or enrolled in a job training course to become more employable.
How Long Does Rehabilitative Alimony Last?
A judge can order rehabilitative alimony pursuant to a specific rehabilitative plan and can terminate or modify the award if there is a change in circumstances of if the plan has been completed. In any event, rehabilitative alimony ends if the spouse receiving the alimony remarries, becomes economically self-sufficient, or if either spouse should die.
If you are considering a divorce and may qualify for rehabilitative alimony or have questions about paying rehabilitative alimony, contact the experienced Orlando alimony Attorneys at The Roberts Family Law Firm. To learn more about our services, call us today at 407-426-6999 or fill out the contact form on this page.
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