Consider this alimony example:
Nick and Ally, a couple from Chattanooga, Tennessee, have been married five years. Near the beginning of the marriage, Ally quit college and got a job so she could help pay for Nick’s dental education. After finishing dental school, Nick found a new love and filed for divorce. Because the marriage was of short duration, the court must first try to put the parties back in the position they were in before the marriage. Obviously, Nick benefited from Ally’s sacrifices. A court might award Nick rehabilitative alimony for a reasonable time, say three to five years, to help her complete her college education.