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What is Rehabilitative Spousal Support?

If you are considering divorce then you may be eligible for rehabilitative spousal support. This is granted for a short period of time and is designed to help the recipient spouse "rehabilitate" him or herself.

Common examples of acceptable uses for rehabilitative spousal support include an education, job experience or additional job training. It can also be given to one of the parents, usually the mother, to stay home with the children until they are of age to attend school.

When you are awarded rehabilitative spousal support a judge will outline the amount of time, or the fixed period, during which the recipient will be eligible to receive money. It is important to include a decree in your final divorce documents as well discussing the ending terms of your support and whether it will be subject to review at a later date. During that period the court has the power to continue, discontinue or change the amount of the support.

Have questions about spousal support? Contact our legal team to get answers from a Long Island family lawyer.