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Term Definition Reimbursement - in child custody and divorce, an amount fixed in a judgment ordering the defendant to repay the government for welfare paid by the government on behalf of a child or a special type of support sometimes paid to compensate a spouse who helped advance a partnerís career.
Application in Divorce Courts sometimes award one spouse reimbursement when he or she has sacrificed education, career or training during a marriage while the other partner prepared for a lucrative professional career. Both spouses worked on the assumption that the lucrative professional career eventually would reward both of them with a higher standard of living. When a marriage ends before the rewards of this arrangement bear fruit, reimbursement acts to compensate the spouse who made the career sacrifice.

In this case, reimbursement is not based on need but on fairness.

For example, a wife who put her husband through medical school might find herself in a divorce where reimbursement could come into play.

See also Fair and Reasonable; Support.

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