In any divorce, it is important for the parties to identify all of the assets they want to be considered and divided. While all of the property is before the court for distribution in a divorce, the court can only distribute those assets of which it is aware. If the parties fail to follow the appropriate procedures to timely identify property, the court may exclude evidence of that property.
A Washington appeals court recently reviewed a case in which the trial court had excluded certain property that had not been included in the property worksheets the parties submitted before trial.
The parties each submitted property worksheets with their trial briefs before trial. At trial, the wife testified about property that was not included on the property worksheets. The husband objected to this testimony, but the objections were generally overruled.