Friday, May 16, 2008

Third DCA Sets a Limit on Rehabilitation

Rehabilitative alimony has long been allowed in Florida Courts, but without statutory guidelines, the best the case law really had to offer was that you had to have a plan for rehabilitation and that, most likely, there has to be some nexus between the need for rehabilitation and the alimony awarded. The Third District found error in an award of rehabilitative alimony this week where as the marriage was short-term, the Former Wife had skills but chose not to employ them, there were no kids, and there was no evidence of a need for rehabilitation as a result of the marriage or anything that occurred during the marriage. For more, see the full text of the opinion here.

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