As a divorce attorney and mediator, it is my responsibility to inform clients
of what they are entitled to when considering a divorce. Women, in particular,
don’t realize they may be entitled to rehabilitative maintenance.
For those of you who are wondering what rehabilitative maintenance is,
it is a type of spousal support. This type of support gives a wife (who
may be a financially dependent spouse) and may have left a job or career
for a marriage and to raise a family, the right to receive further education
or training so she can become self-sufficient and self-supporting.
In some cases, although rare, rehabilitative maintenance can be extended
for several years, and in a very few cases maintenance has been continued
for life. In many of these cases the ex-spouse had no realistic chance
of employment, and the marriage was a very long one.
It would be unrealistic, for example to expect a woman, now 60, who had
been married for approximately thirty years, to be able to find employment
that would guarantee her a standard of living that had been set by her
ex-husband over their long marriage.
So what was the standard of living established in your marriage? “Standard
of living” means developing a picture of how you lived. What was
your income (if you had one), what was his income and how did you spend
Whether or not you are entitled to rehabilitative maintenance depends on
a number of factors:
1) Age of parties;
2) Health of parties;
3) Length of marriage;
4) Earnings of each party;
5) Disparity of income;
6) Value of property allocation;
7) Professional opportunities missed by wife to stay home and raise a family;
8) Lifestyles of the parties during the marriage;
9) What education and skills you already have;
10) How much education will you need to re-enter the work force (might
be used to pay for law school or computer training).
For the most part, rehabilitative maintenance is temporary, but if you
are thinking about a divorce and you have been in a long marriage as a
mom and homemaker you should know about it! This could make a big difference
in your financial security.
As a seasoned divorce attorney and mediator with over 35 years experience,
I can help you receive rehabilitative maintenance and facilitate a financially
healthy settlement. Let’s talk about what you are entitled to in
one of my free 1 hour consultations.
Our consultations are very informative and still available virtually.
Call me today to learn more…
I look forward to speaking with you.
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