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What is a rehabilitative award in Colorado?

An interesting point to know is that the Colorado divorce statute only allows a court to provide alimony in the case that one spouse lacks sufficient property to provide for reasonable needs or has custody of small children, making it impossible to get employment outside of the home.

To help make this decision, the courts will often require financial affidavits that show income, debt, property, and other assets. It's more normal to receive a rehabilitative award, which means the award will end after a few years once the spouse in question is able to provide for his- or herself. Rehabilitative awards are beneficial, of course, because the needy spouse is able to take the time to get on one's feet again, while the other isn't having to pay for the other person indefinitely. Colorado divorce statutes do not include spousal support in a child support total. For example, if you are a mother who is receiving spousal support for two years, that won't influence how long you get child support.

If you're having trouble getting these payments, then you can request to have your ex's paycheck garnished or to have an involuntary allotment taken out. Essentially, the government will collect the money you're meant to be receiving for you, so your spouse no longer gets to choose whether or not you receive it.

If you have questions about any divorce laws or the way your support payments will be paid, it's wise to speak with someone knowledgeable of the Colorado legal system. You deserve to receive all compensation you're entitled to, and with the right steps, that can happen.

Source: United States Air Force Academy Legal Office, "Colorado Divorce Law" Dec. 13, 2014

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