Spousal Support With the Goal of Self-Support
Rehabilitative alimony is spousal support with the goal of self-support. In other words, one party is ordered to pay alimony to their former spouse until the recipient can support himself or herself.
According to § 61.08(6)(a) of the Florida Statutes, this type of alimony can be paid until either:
- The recipient redevelops the skills or credentials needed to gain employment, or
- The recipient receives education or training that is necessary to gain marketable skills for employment.
This type of alimony is awarded when one of the parties involved in the divorce needs temporary financial support until self-support can be accomplished.
Rehabilitative Alimony - Examples
For example, if one spouse let a professional certificate lapse while caring for children or performing familial duties, the rehabilitative alimony might be provided to that person until a renewal of the certification and an appropriate income can be accomplished. Another circumstance might be if one of the parties was unable to finish schooling or Job training due to familial or marital duties. Either spouse can be required to pay rehabilitative alimony to the other, depending on the financial status and monetary assets of both parties.
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