What is Rehabilitative alimony?

Rehabilitative alimony is an alimony award given in order to provide the receiving spouse with assistance during the time needed to attain novel skills to improve employment potential. Rehabilitative alimony awards can be ordered alone or in a combination with a permanent alimony plan. Rehabilitative alimony will only be given if factual evidence is presented to the court showing the receiving spouse has lost or damaged his/her ability to self support during the marriage, and has a detailed rehabilitation plan. A spouse simply desiring to further his/her education is generally not grounds for rehabilitative alimony. If there is evidence that the marriage did not hinder the receiving spouse’s ability to provide for his/herself then rehabilitative alimony is not justified. Rehabilitative alimony is not necessarily given on the grounds that the receiving spouse will become entirely self sufficient. A spouse may be awarded rehabilitative alimony in order to become as self-supporting as possible, but still may need permanent alimony. The additional alimony payments will be reduced to the extent that the receiving spouse can provide for his/herself.

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