Marriage is often an issue of give and take for many couples. When a couple goes through a divorce the give and the take may be brought up in a case of alimony in Florida. A Florida alimony case involves multiple factors, including the give and take during the marriage as it relates to education of the individuals in the marriage. In a Florida divorce, if one party gave up their college education to support the education of the other, then that may be brought up as an issue of the divorce.
Alimony is based on factors including length, contribution, and lifestyle of the marriage. A divorce is designed to dissolve the marriage, but not put either party in a destitute and poverty ridden situation. In order to help move the parties forward, the party that did not get a formal education or did but has not used it in 20 years of the marriage, may be entitled to rehabilitative alimony. Florida Statute 61.08 (6) requires a plan or anticipated plan be present to award rehabilitative alimony and defines the type of alimony as:
Rehabilitative alimony may be awarded to assist a party in establishing the capacity for self-support through either:
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.
A family law attorney can help you through your divorce and assist you with understanding your rights and options.