My spouse currently has their own business and makes very little income from the business which has been an issue for year.. My spouse is highly educated; two masters degrees, one a MBA. My spouse has held high level positions in both large in small companies before starting the business. My spouse refuses to return to the "public" workforce to make meaningful, reliable, and predictable income.
And therefore, wants me to pay alimony.
Right now based on education and previous work experience, my spouse is woefully (and intentionally) underemployed. I need to have my spouse assessed to be imputed with income.
You are looking in the wrong place. That is like hiring someone to ask one question in court. Hire a good family attorney who will know what experts to use AND HOW TO USE THEM. You have just said, "My spouse is highly educated, resistant to give me what I deserve, and very tricky. I want to represent myself against him even though I have never done this". Read that over and over again and make a good decision.
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You first need to hire a family law attorney to represent you. The attorney knows the legal arguments to make and to make sure you get the best result. The attorney would also determine if you need an evaluator and should know who to hire, if needed.
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An attorney will be able to guide you through the process because certain experts have certain expertise and attorneys know which ones will do a competent, thoughtful job.
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One guy who can do the job you want done is the Hackensack, New Jersey vocational expert Dr. Charles Kincaid. I use him in my New York City cases, so I imagine his company s also available to the Courts in Monmouth, New Jersey. His contact information is www.kincaidvocational.com.com 201.343.0700. Then there is Rona Wexler, who works out of New York City. There are probably many vocational experts in the Philadelphia area. As the other lawyers have noted in the prior answers, it is probably best to have this process negotiated for you by legal counsel, since you will need a court order to compel the deadbeat to appear and be evaluated. Good luck !
I'm not a big one for answering every question here with "get a lawyer", but sometimes that's the answer. I'd suggest looking first for a Family Law attorney-mediator and seeing if your spouse will sit down with you and go over the issues. If you two can reach an agreement there, the mediator will suggest you each have an attorney go over it and perhaps you can resolve that way. Outside of that, and if (as it seems) your spouse isn't acting in good faith from the outset, then this isn't a case that you should try to handle on your own. You'd need to get a good, reputable expert on income imputation.
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