Jacksonville Rehabilitative Alimony Lawyer
When is rehabilitative alimony awarded in Florida?
As you may know, there are six different types of alimony in Florida: permanent, temporary, durational, bridge-the-gap, lump sum and rehabilitative. Each was designed to serve a specific purpose, as the amount and type of alimony that is awarded during a divorce is left to the discretion of the court. Typically, they will look at how long the couple has been married, how much money each spouse has been able to contribute to the household and what type of "standard of living" was established during the marriage.
Since a significant number of marriages include one working spouse and one caretaking spouse (i.e. homemaker), it would be unreasonable to assume that both parties would have the ability to support themselves financially upon their separation. It is for this reason that a judge may require the supporting spouse to pay the dependent spouse a certain amount of alimony.
In cases of moderate-term marriage (between 7 and 17 years) and short-term marriage (7 years or less), rehabilitative alimony may be most appropriate. Unlike permanent alimony, this form of spousal support would give the dependent spouse time to establish the capacity for self-support. While receiving spousal support, they would have the opportunity to redevelop previous skills or credentials and/or acquire necessary training or education.
Since it is not uncommon for one spouse to give up their career so that they can raise children or attend to the household, they may no longer have the ability to reenter the job market after a certain period of time has elapsed. Fortunately, rehabilitative alimony could provide them with the opportunity to rebuild their skillset and get back out into the workforce. If you are in a similar situation, I ask you to discuss your case with my firm's Jacksonville divorce lawyers.
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After making the decision to file for divorce, it is important to ensure that your rights are protected. Without the qualified guidance of a Jacksonville divorce attorney from Charles E. Willmott, P.A., it would be all too easy to get lost in this complicated process. For this reason, I encourage you to safeguard your future by taking the right steps today.
Whether you are interested in seeking rehabilitative alimony during your divorce or modifying the amount of alimony that you are currently paying, the dedicated legal team at my firm is well-qualified to help.
All you have to do is contact my office today at (904) 849-5183 to find out how I, Attorney Charles Willmott, can assist you.