After the divorce is final, the divorce court may order one spouse to pay the other rehabilitative alimony until the spouse has adjusted and established him or herself. This type of alimony award has an end date, unlike permanent alimony.

The divorce court will outline specific guidelines for rehabilitative alimony, including the purpose, goals and length of time alimony will be paid. Typically, the divorce court will determine the amount of time rehabilitative alimony will need to be paid by how long the receiving spouse will need to achieve the goals to become self-supporting. Rehabilitative alimony depends on the effort of the receiving spouse to work toward the goals too. If the receiving spouse fails to attempt to meet the goals, the rehabilitative alimony may be terminated.