Vocational Examinations and Imputation of Income
Sometimes in Divorce Proceedings a party may be unemployed or underemployed. If the unemployment or underemployment is by choice then the court may impute income to the unemployed or underemployed party. Imputation of income simply means that the court will treat that party as if they made a certain amount of income. This typically arises in Child Support and Spousal Support cases where one party is trying to increase the amount of support by intentionally being unemployed or underemployed.
If this is the case a party may request that the unemployed or underemployed spouse undergo a vocational examination. This will allow the court to impute that party with an income sufficient to meet their ability to perform a certain type of job. It is recommended when a party has a recent history of earning above minimum wage.
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