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Steve W. Marsee, P.A. Orlando Divorce Attorney
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When Does Rehabilitative Alimony End in Florida?


With the end of permanent alimony in Florida, many spouses are now taking the prospect of rehabilitative alimony much more seriously. This type of alimony specifically helps dependent spouses “get back on their feet” and regain financial independence after a divorce. These dependent spouses face the real prospect of financial ruin if they fail to accomplish financial independence in the long term – and this often involves re-certification, job training, renewing employment licenses, and similar steps. When exactly is this rehabilitative process supposed to end?

Rehabilitative Alimony Continues for a Set Term 

The nature of rehabilitative alimony is somewhat contractual in nature. The receiving spouse is expected to create a clear plan for financial independence. The alimony is awarded according to this plan, and the receiving spouse is expected to closely follow the pre-determined schedule as they continue to receive alimony payments throughout the years. In Florida, rehabilitative alimony cannot last more than five years – whatever happens.

Can Rehabilitative Alimony End Early? 

Yes, rehabilitative alimony can potentially end early if the receiving spouse fails to carry out their predetermined plan. For example, a spouse may outline a plan that involves finishing a college degree. If the spouse never attends college or fails all their courses, the alimony payments may stop early. Paying spouses may wish to monitor the progress of their exes to some degree, as failing to carry out these plans is fairly common.

Rehabilitative alimony may also end under other circumstances, including retirement. Note that “normal retirement age” depends entirely on the spouse’s unique profession – as some professions end earlier than others. Therefore, it may be possible to strategically end a rehabilitative alimony term early by simply retiring.

Various other circumstances can lead to the early modification or termination of rehabilitative alimony in Florida. One example is a disability or health issue that prevents you from earning a living. Another example is cohabitation (in other words, your ex starts living with someone else).

Keep in mind that courts in Florida may be somewhat reluctant to terminate rehabilitative alimony if the receiving spouse is on the verge of achieving financial security. For example, they may only need a few more credits to earn an unfinished college degree that allows them to seek meaningful employment. To determine the most appropriate strategy based on your unique circumstances, it makes sense to consult with a qualified spousal support lawyer in Florida.

Find a Qualified, Experienced Alimony Attorney in Orlando 

If you have been searching for a qualified, experienced family attorney in Orlando, look no further than Steve Marsee, P.A. While rehabilitative alimony usually lasts for a set term, it may still be possible to end these payments early. Recent legislative changes in Florida imply that courts are now more willing than ever to end alimony payments earlier than expected. Book your consultation today to discuss this subject in more detail.


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