Written By: Lenorae C. Atter, Attorney
Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A.
Alimony can be used to help finish or get an education after a divorce is final. In Florida, alimony can be used as a rehabilitative form of support to help the needing spouse get a degree or certification to make it easier to qualify for a job.
In a divorce, rehabilitative alimony does not stop alimony on a permanent basis or lump sum alimony. Types of alimony include rehabilitative alimony, which may be for a short period of time (how long it takes to finish a degree) and then alimony for a longer period may be awarded a well. For example, there may be alimony of $2,000 per month for 3 years for education rehabilitation, then decrease to $1,000 per month for permanent alimony. The idea is that you are giving more initially to allow time for the other spouse to get a job where less alimony will be necessary to keep the standard of living up.
If you are going through a divorce it is good to understand your rights and options. When going through a divorce, you should speak with a divorce lawyer to better understand the process and the law.