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Reimbursement Alimony


This type of alimony award is generally awarded when one spouse is paid back for expenses he or she may have incurred because of the other spouse. During divorce, the court may issue reimbursement alimony in addition to other types of alimony, such as temporary alimony and rehabilitative alimony.

Reimbursement alimony may be made as a lump sum payment, but typically divorce courts have the alimony award paid over time.

Reasons for Reimbursement Alimony

There may be a number of circumstances where the divorce court determines to have one spouse pay the other reimbursement alimony. Usually, reimbursement alimony is awarded to someone who supported a spouse working to advance his or her education or career.

Usually as more time passes from the time the spouse receives the degree to the divorce court will be less likely to award reimbursement alimony; however, it may be possible for the supporting spouse to be awarded part of the degree's value in a state following equitable distribution law because it would be considered marital property.

Property distribution is also similar for professional practices, depending on the divorce laws in your state.

Reimbursement alimony is not awarded by the divorce court because the spouse needs financial assistance with daily expenses, but instead, reimbursement alimony is equitable payback for the spouse paying expenses while supporting a spouse and family.

The divorce court may also decide to award the supporting spouse major assets in property division for compensation, such as the family home.

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The above summary of reimbursement alimony is by no means all-inclusive and is not legal advice. Laws may have changed since our last update. For the latest information on alimony laws, speak to a local divorce lawyer in your state.