Vocational Evaluation in Marital Dissolution

Employability

Determining if a person is ready to return to work is the basis for employability. The process of determining employability comes with the vocational selection of occupations. In the ever-changing world of work, it is not always easy to determine the best career goals. Let us help you identify feasible vocational goals building on your skills, interests, personality, aptitudes, and functional capacity to work. If you have a disability, we can help identify what jobs would be appropriate and what accommodations would assist you to compete and perform effectively in employment.

Wage Earning Capacity

This is the most important piece of information used to settle your case. Without an earning capacity report you may be paying too much in alimony or receiving too little in alimony. It is not uncommon for a spouse to be underemployed, change employment or say they can’t earn what they did in the past! Many of these scenario’s happen prior to a divorce or are the reason for a divorce.
We determine what occupations are best qualified to pursue through past work history, education, transferable skills analysis, aptitudes, and current physical functional capacity. Once these occupations are identified, we provide an accurate assessment of wages in these occupations. Labor market research is used to determine present and future wage-earning potential. Using reliable wage and benefit information from W-2’s, SSA lifetime earning statement, U.S. Department of Labor and Bureau of Labor Statistics, Economic information from other sources nationally, statewide and locally, along with contacting local employers and staffing agencies, we are able to accurately estimate ones earning capacity. The earning capacity report provides an unbiased assessment of earning potential and available job openings for your attorney and the judge.

Reasons for a Vocational Evaluation in Marital Dissolution

  • A spouse is not working
  • A spouse states that he or she cannot work, but both parties do not agree upon the reason
  • A spouse has a disability that may affect vocational choice or success
  • A spouse has no recent work experience
  • A spouse is working part-time, but probably has the capacity for full-time work
  • A spouse’s income is significantly less than in a prior earning period
  • The supporting spouse has a sudden explainable drop in reported earnings
  • A spouse identifies a vocational goal that seems unrealistic or necessitates a prolonged training period

 

Vocational Planning

Returning to the workforce is a challenging task, especially for an individual who has been out of work for an extended period of time. If retraining is necessary, we can provide a comprehensive rehabilitative plan detailing the steps to take when returning to work. We will identify appropriate training programs as well as the cost and length of time necessary for completion. This is used in the bridge the gap alimony process.