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What a vocational expert could do for your divorce

Are you worried about your earning potential after divorce? You are far from alone. Many people leaving a marriage are unsure about their job prospects.

There are some ways that you could augment your income or secure career. For example, spousal support may allow you to get training or perform an effective job search. The issue is that getting custody of your children in the first place could be a challenge. To show your employability in quantitative, legally acceptable terms, consider engaging a vocational expert.

Who could be a vocational expert?

Vocational experts may come from a variety of disciplines. In some cases, they are professionals directly connected to the job market, such as operators of temporary agency firms. They may also have other employment or human resources credentials. For example, college admission staff or placement advisors may sometimes fill this role.

Your best initial strategy would probably be to identify the opportunity you intend to pursue and find a relevant professional. For example, if you intended to return to school for a master's degree that would allow you to retain a remote position while you cared for your children, you would probably want to look for a college placement advisor or an expert in the field of study.

What do vocational experts do?

Once you established the goals, the vocational expert would then analyze your employability. This would be much more detailed than a simple confirmation that you could get a job. There would be a geographically focused study of employment opportunities, salaries, cost of living and time commitments that would explain your earning potential to a judge.

Even if you have an undergraduate degree or career experience, you may have to do more than show a diploma or a resume. You would want to demonstrate your potential as an employee to a judge and show you have significant earning potential. If you have a job offer, you may not need a vocational expert. However, in most situations, this type of testimony could potentially strengthen both your custody and spousal support positions.

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