DISSOLUTION ACTION
PROPERTY AND DEBT DIVISION – INSTRUCTIONS

FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW (WPF DR 04.0300):

List all of the property.

List all debts, whether incurred by you or your spouse.

DECREE OF DISSOLUTION (WPF DR 04.0400):

This is the form used to say which party gets which property or which has to pay which debts; use the information from the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law, paragraphs 2.8 Community Property, 2.9 Separate Property, 2.10 Community Liabilities, and 2.11 Separate Liabilities.

ALL of the property and debts listed in the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Law must be distributed or awarded to the petitioner or respondent. If the property of debt was separate property or separate debt, as noted in the Findings of Fact and Conclusions of Laws, then list the property or debt as appropriate in the Decree of Dissolution under the following paragraphs: 3.2 Property to be Awarded the Petitioner, 3.3 Property to be Awarded to the Respondent, 3.4 Liabilities to be Paid by the Petitioner, and 3.5 Liabilities to be Paid by the Respondent.

To avoid delays, have your spouse sign the FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW and the DECREE OF DISSOLUTION if at all possible!

IF YOU FAIL:

(1) TO FULLY COMPLETE THE LIST OF PROPERTY/DEBTS IN THE FINDINGS OF FACT AND CONCLUSIONS OF LAW, or

(2) TO DISTRIBUTE ALL THE PROPORTY/DEBTS IN THE DECREE OF DISSOLUTION

THE JUDGE MAY NOT SIGN YOUR FINAL PAPERS AND MAY NOT DISSOLVE YOUR MARRIAGE UNTIL THE PROPERTY AND DEBT LIST AND DISTRIBUTION IS CORRECTLY DONE.

YOU MAY HAVE TO RESCHEDULE YOUR HEARING DATE UNTIL THIS DONE.

IMPORTANT: This information is intended for informational purposes only and under no circumstances should it be considered legal advice or relied upon without first confirming its content with your attorney.