4 questions and answers about rehabilitative alimony

Sometimes when couples divorce, one of them — the payee — receives alimony from the other — the payor. There are five types of alimony in Florida. This article will cover frequently asked questions about rehabilitative alimony since it’s one of the most common types of alimony.

1. What does rehabilitative alimony cover?

Because rehabilitative alimony supports a spouse until they achieve financial independence, it can pay for college tuition, vocational training and continued stay-at-home parenting. It can also help with lost earning capacity for those who cannot work due to a chronic condition or disability.

2. Is rehabilitative alimony tax deductible?

For divorces occurring after January 1, 2019, the payor can no longer deduct alimony payments from their federal income tax, and the payee does not need to pay tax on it.

3. Does rehabilitative alimony substitute child support?

No, rehabilitative alimony does not (and cannot) replace child support. If applicable, the payor is responsible for paying child support in addition to alimony to the payee.

4. How long can a payee receive rehabilitative alimony?

It depends on the individual’s circumstances. For example, if their goal is to obtain a degree or complete a job training course, they can receive rehabilitative alimony for the time it takes to finish their studies. However, it could be up to a few years if they’re recovering from an illness or injury.

Rehabilitative alimony can be a great way to assist a spouse until they’re able to support themselves. If you want to learn more about alimony as a prospective payee or payor, it helps to seek legal guidance.


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