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Understanding Rehabilitative Alimony

When you file for alimony, you have several different options under which to do so.

One type of spousal support is rehabilitative alimony. This is granted under more limited circumstances to one partner who needs the financial assistance of the other, even after the divorce has been finalized. The burden of proof is on the person who asks for the alimony, and this person must show that he or she needs financial assistance. In essence, this type of alimony is granted in order to allow the person extra time to learn how to care for themselves. This may mean going back to school to learn a new skill or taking similar steps to self-betterment.

While there is no set standard for the length of rehabilitative alimony, most judges want to ensure that this type of alimony does not run on longer than necessary. Therefore, the person receiving financial assistance may be asked to visit the court at certain intervals to show that he/she is taking the necessary steps to achieve financial independence.

Planning to ask for alimony?  If so, you'll want a family lawyer working on your case who has had success obtaining alimony payments for his/her clients in the past.