Vocational assessment is similar to vocational evaluation but is done without direct contact with the individual. The Evaluator uses information about the person gathered from various other sources, when the individual is not available or is uncooperative. Given enough information, a reasonable assessment can be made that can be presented in report form or court testimony. Assessments are often used in situations where there is a question about lost income (wages) due to death, illness or injury and the individual is not available to the vocational evaluator. Assessments are also used in separation and divorce situations where there is a question about income potential (although having the parties work things out through mediation is obviously better).