• Expert Vocational Evaluations of earning capacity in Family Law

  • Career planning and vocational plan development

  • Assessment of job search and self-employment

  • Expert testimony and trial preparation in nine Bay Area counties 


Essential Vocational Evaluation Services


  • Wage earning capacity – determine client’s skills, abilities, aptitudes, physical and psychological capacities, interests and values; identify potential job titles with associated wage ranges and access to labor market.


  • Labor market research – collect current information about potential earnings and opportunities associated with particular jobs and industries, from published sources and specific contacts with local employers or information sources.


  • Vocational planning – outline the steps needed to achieve a vocational goal, comparing sources of training and specific programs, if needed, and including costs, timing and identification of potential barriers.


Other Vocational Evaluation Services


  • Expert testimony about the wage earning capacity of the evaluated spouse


  • Development of the cross-examination of opposing vocational experts


  • Re-evaluation of evaluee's compliance with an agreed-upon vocational plan


  • Evaluation of the adequacy and appropriateness of job search efforts


Counties Served


  • San Francisco

  • San Mateo

  • Santa Clara

  • Alameda

  • Contra Costa

  • Solano

  • Marin

  • Sonoma

  • Napa


Dear Betty,

   I would like to thank you so much for yesterday’s meeting.  It was one of the most insightful experiences I have had in quite a while.  The first step to overcoming or dealing with an issue is to bring awareness and understanding to it, and you really helped me do that.

Yours Truly,



in Family Law

Vocational Evaluations can address concerns when a spouse...


  • is not working.

  • states that s/he is not able to work, but both parties do not agree upon the reason.

  • has a disability that may affect vocational choice or success.

  • is unsure of a vocational goal.

  • has no recent work experience.

  • is working part time but probably has the capacity to work full time.

  • has a current income significantly less than in a prior earning period.

  • has a history of vocational difficulties: frequent job changes, dismissals, unused education, underemployment or extended unemployment.

  • has a sudden unexplainable drop in reported earnings.

  • refuses to go to work.

  • identifies a vocational goal that seems unrealistic or necessitates a prolonged preparation period.

  • expresses fear of going to work.   

  • has conducted an extended unsuccessful job search.

© 2015 by Kohlenberg & Associates Vocational Counseling Services   betty@bkohlenberg.com