Lynn M. Levine, Ed.D, LPC
WHAT IS INVOLVED IN VOCATIONAL EVALUATION IN DIVORCE OR POST-DIVORCE PROCEEDINGS?
As the courts increasingly require substantive data to support requests for permanent, term, or rehabilitative alimony, the need has grown for thorough assessment of current earning capacity or vocational potential. An employability or spousal rehabilitation assessment is performed to determine the highest level of occupational functioning, ability to make a financial contribution, and need for training and education. Questions of this nature often arise during a divorce action or are revisited post-divorce due to a change in circumstances by either party. An assessment may be requested for either partner to identify careers compatible with that individual's training and experience.
WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE ASSESSMENT?
A complete assessment includes a review of personal data and employment/educational history through the present. It will include vocational interest and aptitude testing, as appropriate, and interpretation. Medical or psychological information is evaluated as needed. A discussion of career options, job market information, and recommended actions are then presented. A written report is sent to the referring attorney. Consultations and expert witness testimony are available. The format may be adapted to the individual case and ranges from a single-session vocational update interview to a multi-session complete assessment.
HOW IS THIS ASSESSMENT INITIATED?
An assessment may be requested by clients or their attorneys at any point in the divorce process to help in mediation efforts, to determine the type or extent of alimony, or to help effect a settlement. A judge may also be asked to order this assessment in cases where a question exists as to either party’s income potential or capacity for employment.
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