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Vocational Assessment/Evaluation


Term Definition Vocational Assessment/Evaluation - a court ordered examination of a personís skills, talents and competence, designed to investigate the basis of his or her claim of unemployability.
Application in Divorce These examinations may be ordered when unemployment or underemployment becomes an issue in conjunction with support. A vocational assessment/evaluation is used as a way of determining the employment potential of a party who contends that he or she cannot work or no longer has the income he or she had at the onset of the action.

Courts tend to view elective unemployment or underemployment as evidence of bad faith in the calculation of child support.

See also Underemployment; Imputed Income.

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