Rehabilitative alimony…how does it work?

By Robin Roshkind, Esquire, West Palm Beach, Florida

In the State of Florida, there are several types of alimony or spousal support that one can ask for:  permanent, periodic alimony, temporary alimony, lump sum alimony, bridge the gap alimony, and rehabilitative alimony. 

This article deals only with rehab alimony.   Alimony in general is based upon one spouse’ need and the other spouse’ ability to pay.  Both prongs must be met for an award of alimony.  Rehabilitative alimony is usually a specific, short term alimony that puts a spouse back into the employment market.  It is alimony specifically paid for the purpose of  completing one’s education so as to obtain employable skills. 

For example, if a wife has completed two years of college, she can request reabilitative alimony to complete the last two years for her degree.  Or if a teacher who has retired during the marriage has to renew a teaching certificate and needs several courses to get up to speed, rehabilitative alimony would be awarded for that purpose.   

In order to get rehabilitative alimony, one must have a specific plan in place.  You must know exactly what additional schooling or training you need for a specific career, where you will be doing your training, how long it will take, and how much it will cost.  Without these details, presented as evidence in court, the judge will not award you rehabilitative alimony.   

Rebabilitative alimony as one form of alimony, can and usually is  awarded with other forms of alimony.  For more information about this or other divorce topics, call one of the attorneys at ROBIN ROSHKIND, P.A. at 561-835-9091 or click on the Firm’s web site at


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