The amount and duration of a Florida rehabilitative alimony award is determined on a case by case basis. Under Florida divorce law, the judge will first determine if one spouse has a need for rehabilitative alimony and if the other spouse is able to pay the alimony. If both of those factors are present the a Florida family law judge will then the court consider the factors in outlined Florida Statute 61.08. It is important to note, the alimony law also states that all other relevant factors can be considered when determining the amount and duration of the alimony award; therefore, the list provided is not the end of the story. If you need assistance with either receiving or preventing alimony contact a divorce lawyer for assistance. A divorce attorney in Tampa should be able to provide advice specific to your case and help develop a game plan to accomplish your goals.

What exactly is Florida Rehabilitative Alimony?

Florida Rehabilitative alimony is one of the many types of alimony that can be awarded in a divorce. Rehabilitative alimony is intended to provide financial support to a spouse until they are able to support themselves after a divorce.  Rehabilitative alimony must have a specific plan in place that will allow the party receiving the alimony to be able to support themselves on their own once the plan has been successfully completed. See Florida alimony case Hill v. Hooten. Often, rehabilitative alimony plans will provide for the party to attend college or vocational training to increase the chances of employment and/ or higher earning potential. A Florida family law judge must approve of the plan before the award of alimony can be granted.

The rehabilitative alimony plan can be based on the redevelopment of previous skills or credentials; or the acquisition of education, training, or work experience necessary to develop appropriate employment skills or credentials. The end goal for the rehabilitative plan should be an increase in knowledge or skills, so that the party can sustain themselves and their children if necessary.

Modifying Florida Rehabilitative Alimony

In any award of alimony, the court may grant periodic payments or payments in lump sum or both. Florida rehabilitative alimony may be modified or terminated if there is a substantial change in circumstances, upon noncompliance with the rehabilitative plan, or once the rehabilitative plan is completed. What is considered a “substantial change in circumstances” is determined based on the facts and circumstances of each individual case. For an example of a qualifying substantial change in circumstances see Antepenko v. Antepenko.

It is important to remember, that alimony and child support are different. Child support payments are to provide financial support for the necessities of the children. On the other hand, alimony is intended to provide the receiving spouse with the financial means to maintain the standard of living that he or she was accustomed to during the marriage.

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