What is a Vocational Evaluator for Spousal Maintenance?
The employability and earning potential of the spouse seeking maintenance is often a question for expert analysis. A vocational evaluator may be utilized to help establish a spouse’s earning ability. The evaluator is knowledgeable in the relevant area’s job market. The spouse seeking maintenance would be required to meet with the evaluator for a review of job skills, potential employment, and earning capacity. The evaluator examines the party’s resume, interviews others in the same employment field, and conducts studies of labor market trends. The expert then prepares a report with recommendations and conclusions, including the income that the expert believes the party is capable of earning. When a party seeking maintenance is underemployed, and could earn more, then the vocational evaluator’s report reflects that.