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Are you divorcing the breadwinner of the family?

by | May 3, 2023 | Divorce, Family Law

When you think you are marrying the love of your life, it may seem like happily ever after. The thought of divorce never even crossed your mind. As a loving partner, you sacrificed your job or business to offer a supportive role during the marriage. You took care of your home and your children so that the breadwinner of your family could build a fulfilling career.

You may feel at a loss now that you face irreconcilable differences and divorce. Fortunately, Florida courts recognize your sacrifices and may grant you rehabilitative alimony.

What is rehabilitative alimony?

As the name suggests, the court awards rehabilitative alimony to rehabilitate the homemaker spouse and provide them with the necessary education and training to become self-sufficient. The court may order the breadwinner to shoulder a portion of or the entire amount needed to acclimate the spouse into the workforce. Rehabilitative alimony is particularly necessary under the following circumstances:

  • A spouse discontinued their education or forfeited educational opportunities for the other spouse’s benefit.
  • A spouse quit their job or forfeited a promotion for the benefit of the family.

Rehabilitative alimony could allow you to finish your education. It can help you until you find employment and become financially independent.

Factors for determining rehabilitative alimony

The duration of the marriage is always a significant factor when awarding alimony. The court will also investigate the financial and earning capacity of each spouse. You need to present a specific and feasible rehabilitative plan that clearly outlines your goals and how much you need to achieve those goals. The court’s judgment will rely heavily on your rehabilitative plan, so be thoughtfully thorough with the financial breakdown and justification.