Earning Capacity Report

“ I would highly recommend Claire's reports. The reports are well researched and are a comprehensive analysis of an individual's capacity to work. The reports take account of factors such any barriers an individual may face in finding work, an individual’s skills and experience and how these might be enhanced, the local job market, the economy and salary surveys. The reports draw upon Claire’s extensive experience of 20 years in the recruitment industry. They can greatly assist the parties in claims for financial provision particularly the consideration of spousal maintenance i.e. whether these orders should be made and how long for.”  Saika Alam, Partner, Branch Austin (Family Law)

"The Earning Capacity Report was extremely helpful in highlighting my career strengths, as well as my barriers to work. It provided a timeline from Claire’s professional perspective about when I could be expected to be earning both a part time and then a full time salary, highlighting the costs and duration of any necessary training required with an expected starting salary. The Report was able to be referenced as a non biased and impartial report in Mediation, and if necessary Court, which enabled discussion and eventually a successful agreement to be reached on issues relating to Maintenance."  Mrs F (Client)

Often, in cases such as divorce or family mediation, one partner may have to return to work, increase their hours or change their whole career.  Even if Spousal Maintenance is awarded, it is often for a limited period until the recipient can be expected to return to work full time.  If the recipient of spousal maintenance has children, they will often be required to return to full time employment when all the children reach senior school.

This is a cause of much contention in divorce cases and, often, emotions and resentment can cloud both parties' judgement of what is reasonable, fair and achieveable.  Genuine barriers to working can often be overlooked or seen as making excuses. 

My "Earning Capacity Report" is an independent, professional assessment of an individual's capacity to work.  It may contain research and analysis on roles that are appropriate for the individual to undertake, given their skills and experience and it will also contain any barriers to working, returning to work or increasing one's hours. 


After a comprehensive interview with the client, the local job market will be analysed, together with a salary survey to gain an estimate of the salary the individual could achieve.  It will include an estimation of the timescales involved for the person to return to work and the route they should take as well as childcare costs or reduction in benefits that will need to be taken into account.  If a client is in receipt of Universal Credit, this will reduce as you earn income and this has a big impact when considering career options. 


The report will also recommend any training, work experience or voluntary hours that should be undertaken to maximise the individual's earning capacity.  Recommendations can be given for short, medium and long term working scenarios.

Please contact me for more information and for pricing.

Claire Deacon recently provided an Earning Capacity Report to assist a separated couple in mediation with me. There are often issues regarding work with disputes about how much a party might be able to work, and what level of income they might be expected to achieve. This is an issue where it is often challenging to find common ground so being able to obtain an expert report from an experienced professional really helped to inform their discussions so that they were able to find a way forward based on what was objectively realistic with regard to work. Claire’s report was thorough in having researched and evaluated all of the potential options based on the experience the person had. It also dealt with the question of the hours that were able to be worked together with the salary that might reasonably be expected, and the timeframe within which this was likely to be achieved. It was a really useful report that ultimately led to the parties being able to find a way forward.  Louisa Whitney, LKW Family Mediation