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Are You Entitled to Rehabilitative Maintenance?


As a psychologically trained 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 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 54, 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 your money.

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.

For the most part, rehabilitative maintenance is temporary, but if you’re thinking about a divorce, you’ve 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!

Let me empower you to get what you deserve!

I look forward to speaking with you.

Warm regards,


Call New York Divorce Lawyer Lois Brenner now to learn more about rehabilitative maintenance and schedule your free 1-hour consultation. 212.734.1551

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