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Can alimony give a person time to learn skills for self-support?

On Behalf of | Mar 27, 2023 | Family Law

Finances come to the forefront in many Florida divorces. This often happens in marriages where one person was the main earner and the other either earned less or was a homemaker.

From the perspective of the person who might be asked to pay alimony and the one who expects to receive it, it is important to understand the law and the different types of alimony that can be awarded. Having qualified advice is also imperative throughout the process.

Bridge-the-gap and rehabilitative alimony are options for many people

Two types of alimony that will help people get on their feet again after a divorce are bridge-the-gap alimony and rehabilitative alimony. The circumstances will largely determine which is appropriate.

Bridge-the-gap alimony will give the recipient the opportunity to have financial support as they are growing accustomed to being single and self-supporting. It will cover their short-term needs until they can pay for their own expenses. There is a limit to how long it will last and cannot go beyond two years. Once it is ordered and the amount is determined, it cannot be modified in any way.

Rehabilitative alimony is another way for people to receive time to prepare for their post-marital life. The person getting the alimony will be accorded the opportunity to reacquaint themselves to the workforce by redeveloping skills and abilities they previously had. They can also go to college, a trade school or some other educational entity. They can seek training or work experience to enhance their skills for future employment or to advance in their current job.

With rehabilitative alimony, there must be a plan in place. Unlike bridge-the-gap alimony, rehabilitative alimony can be modified or terminated if the circumstances change, the person does not adhere to the plan or the plan is completed.

Knowing all the available forms of alimony is key to a divorce case

It is natural for people to wonder about their future after a divorce. This can be magnified if they were largely supported financially by the other person. There are several types of alimony to ensure the person is adequately supported and prepared as they move on with their lives.

Whether it is the person who may be asked to pay alimony or the one who is hoping to receive it, it is essential to have professional help from the outset. Divorce and family law issues can be stressful and dedicated help, regardless of their individual needs, is crucial from the beginning.