Divorce Issues: Division of Property and Debts

In Washington State, all property acquired during the marriage is generally deemed community property and must be divided equally at divorce. This includes real estate, spouse’s earnings, pension benefits and 401(k) contributions.

Similarly, all debts incurred during the marriage are considered community debts and responsibility of paying them are again shared equally by both spouses. 

How does the court determine division of property and debts?

Washington Courts will not necessarily divide the property equally among divorcing spouses. The following factors will be considered in determining division of property:

What if my spouse does not pay the debts that the court has ordered him/her to pay?

Even if the court assigns the particular debts, which you and your spouse need to pay, it is very possible that your spouse may not follow this.  The company or persons to whom you owe the debts may still come after you and you may be forced to pay for them.  In this case, you may sue your spouse so that the court can order him/her to pay you back.

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