Practice Management: How a Vocational Consultant can Assist You and Your Clients

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Recorded On: 08/03/2021

Traditional Earning Capacity Assessments

In a traditional case, they are typically retained to conduct an earning capacity of the dependent spouse. The assessment can involve recommendations for skills enhancement and a return to work plan with time frame and projected costs. Alternatively, they can be retained to evaluate the under-employment or earning capacity of the supporting spouse. Reports are based on gathering information and analysis to create a comprehensive plan. They testify to our findings either in deposition or court.

Collaborative Vocational Assessments

All VVC staff has been trained in the collaborative divorce process.Their consultants can play an integral role with the legal, mental health and financial team members. They interview the individual they are assessing-typically the dependant spouse, and develop a return to work plan. This may include skill enhancement, education, preparation for job search and interviewing. Input from the team regarding mental readiness, the impact of the children and financial concerns will be taken into consideration for plan development. They work with the team to develop a vocational assessment and plan for the best outcomes.

Maria Vargas


Vargas Vocational Consulting

Maria Vargas, MS, CRC, CLCP has served as a vocational consultant and expert witness for 25 plus years. Vargas Vocational Consulting provides earning capacity and vocational evaluations in a wide array of legal matters including divorce, personal injury, employment law, workers compensation, social security, Veteran's disability and employment law matters.  As a pioneer in the field for earning capacity assessments in NC, she has personally testified in over 150 divorce cases. She is certified by the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals and provides services in both traditional and collaborative divorce cases all across the United States. 


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1.00 CE credit  |  Certificate available
1.00 CE credit  |  Certificate available
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