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|Title||Rehabilitative Alimony—The Goal of Self Support|
|Abstract||Most jurisdictions today recognize two forms of periodic alimony: “permanent,” which is designed to provide the primary source of support for the recipient divorcee; and “rehabilitative,” which is meant to provide post-divorce support for a short but specific and terminable period of time to allow the recipient to develop skills, training, or education necessary for self-support. Courts award rehabilitative alimony to encourage the recipient to achieve self-support based on the dependent spouse’s needs.
This article discusses the history of rehabilitative alimony, social trends of shifting responsibility, and what jurisdictions recognize today.