During your marriage, your spouse took great pride in his or her salary. Now that you are heading for a divorce, though, your soon-to-be ex cannot seem to find a job that pays anywhere near what he or she used to make.

In Connecticut, many divorcing spouses are eligible for alimony, child support or both. The support you ultimately receive likely depends on your current husband’s or wife’s income. If there is some dispute about earning potential, you may want to put a vocational professional on your divorce team.

A third-party assessment of earning capacity

Before a divorce, individuals sometimes change jobs or stop working completely. If your husband or wife has decreased income, you may receive substantially less in spousal or child support.

A vocational specialist can tell you whether your spouse’s lower income is due to economic conditions or something more nefarious. He or she may also uncover marital assets your spouse is trying to hide until your divorce concludes.

A realistic idea of your earning potential

Your spouse may argue you should receive less in support because of your own earning potential. If you have been out of the workforce for a few years, however, you may have trouble finding gainful employment.

An experienced vocational professional can help you better understand how much you are worth in the labor market. He or she may also give you valuable career insights that may be helpful if you decide to return to work.

Put simply, if there is any disagreement that may affect your post-divorce financial future, a vocational specialist can help you better understand the earning power of both you and your spouse.