Rehabilitative alimony is supposed to help you get back on your feet, financially speaking, after your divorce. Below are some of the things you need to do to get rehabilitative alimony.
Show Your Need
Not everyone will get rehabilitative alimony upon divorce. For you to get rehabilitative alimony, you must prove that you need it. In practice, this means showing to the court that you don't have the means to take care of yourself after divorce and that you need help to rehabilitate yourself financially so that you can take care of yourself again.
A contested divorce is one in which the spouses cannot reach agreements on how to divide things in the marriage, and a contested divorce may take a lot longer to settle just because the spouses cannot negotiate. During a contested divorce, there is often a process known as the discovery stage, and this stage is a crucial step in a contested divorce.
What Is the Discovery Stage?
There are a lot of steps and stages in a divorce case, and the discovery stage is used in almost all cases.
When a couple decides to end their marriage, there will be a lot of things they will need to decide on, or many of those things can be left for the court to decide on if the divorcing parties aren't able to come to their own agreement. One of the things that may come into play is alimony. Years ago, it was common belief that the wife would be the one getting the alimony from the husband.
These days, it is not unusual for people to graduate with $60,000, $100,000, or even $200,000 in student loans. If your partner also has student loans, your debt burden as a couple can be enormous. As you consider divorce, one of the questions that looms over you the most might be what happens to that enormous amount of debt. In fact, some couples even avoid divorcing because they're scared they'll be burdened with astronomical student loan debt when they do!
When you declare your intention to divorce your spouse, it can be difficult for you to estimate how he or she might react. There are many different ways that spouses respond to this news, and some will begin to behave in a manner that will complicate the proceedings. Specifically, you might encounter a spouse who will start to sell the family's possessions — and even your own possessions — in order to raise money and punish you.