Divorce & Family Law

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Vocational Assessments in Divorce

We understand divorce can be difficult, especially when child support and alimony are issues. Vocational Expert Services offers Vocational Assessments in Divorce. Whether collaborative or high conflict, there is factual information regarding the world of work which can be essential to the decision-making process.

Child support and alimony are calculated using a spouse’s wages. Unemployment can be a factor. A vocational expert is trained to determine earning capacity. Earning capacity is how much income an individual can earn. This is based on job skills, work history, and education. It also depends on jobs available in the local area. In a divorce, a vocational expert’s job is to give the court a clear picture of what you or your spouse could be earning. The vocational expert will review training, job skills, historical earnings, and employment history to come to an opinion on earning potential. 

You may be reluctant to add another professional’s bill to your mounting divorce costs. However, a vocational expert can save you significant money in the long run. For example, a spouse may intentionally reduce income to keep support obligations low by claiming an inability to work or earn wages.  A vocational expert can provide an unbiased assessment of your spouse’s true earning potential.

Frequently Asked Questions

During a divorce, alimony and child support are calculated by using a spouse’s income or potential income. A Vocational assessment from Vocational Expert Services, Inc. is a tool for identifying earning potential. The comprehensive report will synthesize age, education, past work, and other vocational factors that can impact earning potential.

A spouse may intentionally reduce income to keep support obligations low.  A vocational expert can provide an unbiased assessment of your spouse’s true earning potential.

Imputed income means to assign income to an individual. The courts may assign income for the purposes of calculating child support or alimony. The court may impute income when presented with “evidence of income from available employment for which the party is suitably qualified by education, experience, current licensure, or geographic location…” See§ 61.30(2)(b), Fla. Stat. (2021).