Mr. Otis (defendant) and Ms. Otis (plaintiff) divorced after 25 years of marriage. Early in the marriage Ms. Otis worked as an executive secretary, but after the Otises had a child, she became a homemaker. Mr. Otis worked his way up in the business world and was employed as an executive vice president at the time of the divorce. Following the divorce proceedings, the court divided the Otises’ property and determined that Ms. Otis was entitled to $2,000 per month in alimony for a period of three years. Ms. Otis appealed the trial court’s award of rehabilitative maintenance, or temporary maintenance provided to a spouse until he or she becomes self-supporting, arguing that she was entitled to an award of permanent alimony instead.