Forbes contributor Jeff Landers is highlighting the four key reasons why divorcing women should count a job expert among their professional divorce team, alongside an experienced family lawyer, a qualified divorce financial advisor, and a compassionate therapist.
“More and more women are finding they need to enlist the services of a vocational expert,” writes Landers in an article published earlier today on Forbes.com, “someone whose job it is to know what skills are in demand in today’s employment market, and what income these skills can command in various careers.”
According to Landers, who is also the author of the new book “Divorce: Think Financially, Not Emotionally – What Women Need To Know About Securing Their Financial Future Before, During, And After Divorce,” the four key reasons that divorcing women need to have a job guru in their corner are:
#1: So they can get a clear, objective picture of their husband’s earning potential – not just what he's currently earning during the divorce process.
Landis points out that the current volatile economic climate has prompted more than a few men to tactically seek a lower paying job so that they’ll be in a stronger negotiating position with respect to alimony and child support determination.
#2: To determine their own earning potential.
notes that some husbands claim that their wives could be earning a
sizeable income after divorce – though without enough (or any)
evidence to back that up. A vocational expert clarifies what a
realistic income should be, given all of the factors and details.
#3: To dispute their husband’s or a court-ordered vocational expert.
While the goal is for vocational experts is to render professional conclusions that are, according to Landis, “reasonable, fair and consistent,” that doesn’t mean they all take the same route to get there. Women
who neglect to bring their own expert to the table can find
themselves at a serious disadvantage when their husband's hire
one, or the courts order one to render an opinion, and they need to
mount a counter-offensive.
#4: To determine their earning ability after divorce or any other major life change.
Landis points out that vocational experts can help women find appropriate work. They can also help petition the courts for a change in alimony or child support in the event of a major life change after divorce that adversely affects employability and earning potential, such as through an illness or accident.
Landers wraps up by pointing out that, even more than providing clear knowledge and objective facts, vocational experts level the playing field for women who would otherwise be bullied, swayed or hoodwinked into accepting an unfair deal.
seen time and time again how some estranged husbands try to gain a
financial advantage –and how a vocational evaluation can help set
the record straight,” Landers
writes. “What’s more, [women] will likely find that the results of interest and aptitude tests from the vocational evaluation process can also be valuable for [their] personal and professional growth down the road.”
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