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Understanding vocational assessment and alimony

If you are going through a divorce, you may be hoping that you will be able to receive alimony from your ex partner. If you were the primary caregiver of your children or if you were otherwise heavily dependent on your ex spouse's income, it is likely that you will need to have financial assistance to maintain the lifestyle that you are used to.

Additionally, it may not be practical or possible for you to gain an income at the moment, because you may need to be caring for your children. You may also not have the necessary training to be able to gain meaningful work that will adequately replace the income of your ex spouse. This is exactly why alimony is often awarded to one of the divorcing spouses.

How is alimony calculated in California?

There are two primary factors that determine if alimony will be awarded as the consequence of a divorce, how much alimony will be awarded and how long the alimony order will be in place for. First, the current income of each spouse will be assessed. Second, the potential earning power of the lesser-earning spouse will be calculated through a vocational assessment.

What is a vocational assessment?

A vocational assessment will take into account the earning potential of the spouse who is receiving alimony. The assessment will consider any parental duties that they have, as well as their education and training. This will help to calculate how much alimony should be awarded. It will also help to provide a timeline to predict how long the spouse will need to be supported for, and how long it will take them to become financially independent.

Is permanent alimony ever awarded?

Permanent alimony is becoming increasingly rare, however, in some cases, it may be awarded. It is likely to only be awarded if the couple has been married for over 30 years and if there is a significant financial inequity between the couple.

If you want to know more about how your alimony payments are likely to be calculated in California, it is important that you take the time to conduct thorough research.

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