A vocational evaluation is completed by a skilled professional who analyzes one’s work and earnings history, education and life experiences to determine earning capacity and ability to work. The evaluator may performs a current labor market search of all the available jobs that one qualify for, complete with contact information, salary information and training requirements. The analysis of a person’s “earning capacity” is a determination of what one could make if they were out working using the skills they currently have.
The evaluator may request to review a variety of information, including but not limited to the following:
- Tax Returns
- Educational History
- Employment / Salary History, if any
- Medical records
- Medical restrictions that impact a person’s ability to work
- Child care responsibilities and costs
The vocational evaluator will usually interview each party to gain additional information. The decision to acquire a vocational evaluation should be made after careful consideration and discussion with your attorney.