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Rehabilitative Alimony

Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded to assist a party in establishing the capacity for self-support through:

  1. The redevelopment of previous skills or credentials; or
  2. The acquisition of education, training, or work experience necessary to develop appropriate employment skills or credentials.

Fla. Stat. § 61.08(6). Essentially, rehabilitative alimony assists a spouse in becoming more self sufficient and financially independent after the divorce. Rehabilitative alimony is designed to provide the individual an opportunity to go back to school or go through a training program that will help them develop the skills necessary for attaining employment, returning to the working world, or earning more income in their employment.

Rehabilitative alimony assists a spouse in becoming more self-sufficient and financially independent after the divorce.


Florida law states that “[i]n order to award rehabilitative alimony, there must be a specific and defined rehabilitative plan which shall be included as a part of any order awarding rehabilitative alimony.” Fla. Stat. § 61.08(6)(b). This means that the court requires a detailed plan for rehabilitative alimony to be submitted.  This plan could outline the duration of payments, the payment amount, the length of time it will take to complete the school or training, the costs of such school or training, and other related details. This detailed plan will be included in the court’s order.


“An award of rehabilitative alimony may be modified or terminated based upon a substantial change in circumstances, upon noncompliance with the rehabilitative plan, or upon completion of the rehabilitative plan.” Fla. Stat. § 61.08(6)(c).


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