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Jan

2019

Divorce Law Changes 2019

How Trump Tax Law Effects Alimony in Family Law Cases

Beginning January 1, 2019, President Trump’s tax reform eliminated the tax deduction for alimony payments, and only divorce settlements reached before the last day of 2018 will allow a tax break for alimony payments according to the GOP tax reform bill passed in December 2017.  This will result in larger Read More

16

Jan

2018

Determining Spousal Earnings in Family Law Cases Using a Labor Market Survey

Determining Spousal Earnings in Family Law Cases Using a Labor Market Survey

Divorce attorneys are increasingly using Employability Experts to determine the unemployed spouse’s earning capacity.  A Vocational Expert’s testimony can be used to lower or eliminate spousal alimony payments. Employability Experts have extensive experience in placing individuals in jobs given their age, education, past work experience, previously learned skills, and medical Read More

01

May

2017

Establishing Spousal Earning Capacity in Divorce Cases with a Vocational Expert

Establishing Spousal Earning Capacity in Divorce Cases with a Vocational Expert

Employability Experts are being increasingly used by Matrimonial attorneys to evaluate an unemployed spouse’s earning capacity. A vocational expert’s testimony can be used to lower alimony payments. A recent case involved a 37-year-old woman with a Master’s Degree in Education and state certification in teaching and school administration who quit Read More

26

Sep

2016

family law, divorce law, divorce litigation, legal services, expert witness, employability evaluation, vocational expert, earning capacity assessment, occupational assessment services

What Constitutes a Reasonable Job Search in Family Law Cases?

Employability Experts are being increasingly used by Matrimonial attorneys to evaluate an under-employed spouse’s earning capacity. A Vocational Expert’s testimony can be used to lower alimony payments to spouses. One of the questions answered by the Vocational Expert is: “has the spouse made a reasonable effort, or conducted a reasonable Read More

02

Aug

2016

earning capacity, vocational experts, vocational evaluations, earning capacity assessment, divorce law, services for matrimonial lawyers, occupational assessment services, employability assessment

Determining the Earning Capacity of the Unemployed Spouse in Family Law Cases

Vocational Experts are rehabilitation professionals who are knowledgeable in the local labor market. Many have a Master’s degree and most have served as an expert for the U.S. Government, Social Security Administration. In order to determine the earnings of an unemployed spouse or “house husband,” increasingly, these experts are being Read More

15

Jun

2016

divorce attorney services, vocational evaluations, earning capacity assessments, matrimonial law services, occupational assessment services, divorce law

Under-Employed Spousal Earnings Assessment in Family Law Cases

Employability Experts are increasingly being used by Matrimonial attorneys to evaluate an under-employed spouse’s earning capacity. A vocational expert’s testimony can be used to lower alimony payments. The Vocational Expert’s evaluation consists of conducting an in-person evaluation of a spouse to determine their age, education, past work experience, previously learned Read More

17

Feb

2015

How to Determine Spousal Earnings in Family Law Cases – Part 1

Vocational Experts are increasingly being used by Matrimonial attorneys to evaluate a spouse’s earning capacity. An Employability expert’s testimony can be used to lower alimony payments to spouses.   Employability experts have extensive experience in placing individuals in jobs given their age, education, past work experience, previously learned skills and Read More

05

Dec

2014

OAS Specializes in evaluating seriously injured individuals in Personal Injury, Medical Malpractice, Product Liability, Motor Vehicle Accident, and Slip and Fall cases. A vocational evaluation is necessary in personal injury cases where an individual’s injury has affected the persons’ ability to go back and perform the same type of work, or to perform work activity which requires less physical demands.

The Value of a Vocational Expert in Social Security Disability Cases

According to the Council for Disability Awareness, claims for Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) rose sharply in 2009. One reason for this may be the economic recession that began in 2007. A 2014 survey showed that in 2013, SSDI claims rose by only 1.3%, reflecting the slowest growth rate in Read More