Independent Capacity To Work Report - Case Studies 

Case Study 1


Philip was the petitioner in the divorce and insisted that his wife, Rachel, should go out to work full time now that both their children were at senior school.  He felt the children were both able to look after themselves until his ex wife returned from work and that it would "do them good" to be a bit more independent. 


The wife had not worked for 13 years since she enjoyed a successful career in advertising and she still kept in touch with her colleagues in London.  On interviewing Rachel, it was obvious that her inability to maintain eye contact with me meant she was severely lacking in confidence.  I understood that because of the standard that her daughter had attained at gynmastics, she had to drive her to practice three times a week from 4-7pm, often having to make dinner beforehand so this could be eaten in the car en route.  They also had a dog who would need to be walked daily as she was a large breed.  With the extra-curricular activity, the dog walking and Rachel's lack of confidence and work experience, a compromise was recommended;  Rachel should commence a "return to work" online IT programme at her local college and 6 weeks of career coaching to build her confidence and give her training on how to search for work and some interview tips.  Rachel agreed to make reasonable attempts to seek a part-time job that allowed her to facilitate her daughter's gymnastics routine and that would afford her the dog walking fees.  The report demonstrated that there were jobs that Rachel could do, but she needed some time to build up her confidence and would need to earn enough to cover the dog walker's fee of £15 ph and would need to finish work by 3.30pm three days per week to facilitate her daughter's gymnastics training.

Case Study 2


David was the petitioner in the divorce and Natalie was the wife.  David was claiming that Natalie should maximise the earning potential that she enjoyed during her successful career in the City, 13 years previously and to stop "de skilling" herself with jobs at schools.  After interviewing Natalie, I could tell that she was bright, articulate and confident and was actively seeking work on a weekly basis.  She cared for two children, 9 and 12yrs, one of whom had special needs.  Because of her son's needs, he attended a school in a different county to his sister and so Natalie's school run was 3hrs per day.  With no family nearby to provide childcare and the restriction of the school run,