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What Are the Different Types of Spousal Support 

By Apr 30, 2023 Posted in Divorce

One of the most impactful aspects of divorce is the division of assets and the determination of responsibilities regarding spousal support. Understanding what types of spousal support are available in Iowa and in what circumstances will help to inform you through the process. If you have further questions or would like to learn how to protect your interests, an Iowa alimony lawyer from Simpson Legal Group is standing by. 

Traditional Spousal Support 

Traditional support payments are payments made to a spouse who cannot become financially independent following the divorce. Common reasons recognized by the Iowa courts for traditional spousal support include: 

  • Advanced age
  • Illness 
  • Other circumstances 

Traditional support is often reserved for marriages that last a longer duration. Additionally, one spouse generally stayed home to provide home care for the children, with that spouse receiving traditional support payments. Traditional support payments are generally long-term or even permanent and remain until the circumstances of the former spouse change significantly or if the court alters or terminates the order.

Rehabilitative Spousal Support 

The option of rehabilitative spousal support is distinct, given its limited duration. Rehabilitative support is a temporary option to assist a spouse in becoming self-supporting by providing them financial help in reaching that point. The court is generally under the assumption that both spouses will work after the divorce. However, it recognizes that some spouses may require additional support as they gain the necessary training or education to obtain employment. 

The short-term nature of rehabilitative spousal support can be beneficial. The spouse receiving the support will often need to provide the court with a training and employment plan to exhibit their plan to become self-supporting. 

Transitional Alimony

This form of alimony in Iowa is a type of financial support to help one spouse transition from marriage to a financially independent single life. As the name suggests, it is a temporary helping hand from the court—the wealthier spouse is asked to provide financial support to the other spouse, ranging from a one-time payment to a few years. The money can be used to clear up debts, put down a deposit for a new place to live, buy a car, or even kickstart a business—anything that helps the spouse facing economic challenges to stand on their own feet. 


This particular form of reimbursement is one of the least common in Iowa but is available in limited circumstances. Through reimbursement, one spouse is paid back by the other for the financial support provided during the career development of the other during the marriage. For example, if one spouse worked a full-time job to cover the household while another attended law school, it is possible for the court to order reimbursement support for the spouse who contributed to the degree by supporting the household financially during their time of the study. 

Connect with a Divorce Lawyer for Help 

Divorce with spousal support orders can be complex and impact your financial stability in the long term. Determining what spousal support is appropriate and to which spouse requires a careful review of your unique financial situation and each spouse’s roles during the marriage. To learn how we can help protect your spousal support and other rights and obligations during your divorce, give us a call at 712-256-9899 or visit our site to schedule your consultation.

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