Vocational Examinations in Ordering Support

Let’s put the unfortunate circumstance of unemployment on the other foot. Your spouse has the obligation to pay spousal support, so you’ll be the one receiving it in this example.

It’s been many years since you received a paycheck. At your husband’s request, you quit your job and stayed home to manage the house and take care of the children. Now, he says you should be contributing to your own support. He’s right, unless you have the good fortune to be divorcing someone with an established, lavish life style who can afford to keep you in it.

The court doesn’t envision that you will be transferring your homemaking skills directly to computer programming. But you will be expected to make reasonable efforts to seek appropriate employment. Handle this head on; take the initiative and find a job you like, one that uses your skills and provides a growth opportunity. Strike a fair balance between your reentry into the work force and meeting existing demands when making this transition.

If you don’t find suitable work, your spouse has the right to keep prodding you until you do, in this example. He’s paying more spousal support than he would if you were working. You’ll have to appear in court and be ordered to take a vocational rehabilitation examination. That’s great, as long as a reputable counselor gives it. You’ll get academic, interest and skills assessments. Labor market research will provide detailed descriptions of local jobs for which you are presently suited. The aptitude assessment states goals appropriate for you, and lists specific training programs to achieve them. Volunteer for this, if your spouse will pay for it! If you refuse to work, the court will eventually lower spousal support to what it would be if you were earning what you are capable of earning.