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Accurate and Full Financial Disclosures is

Key to Amicable Divorces

By Mark Johannessen

        For a successful divorce mediation, knowledge and acceptance of the disclosure duties by both parties at the outset of the process is key to building the trust necessary for a successful, efficient divorce process. An effective mediation process will help identify the assets and liabilities which need to be dealt with, including many that might not be so obvious – for example; sick and vacation pay accruals, and years of service contributed to a pension plan. Once a full disclosure is made, a trained family law mediator will then help the parties understand the character of the items, whether separate or community property or debt, and the impact of income and expenses on issues such as child and spousal support. In all divorce cases, spouses have a fiduciary duty to disclose their finances to each other. This obligation is ongoing and requires that the parties update and augment their legal family law disclosure documents throughout the family court divorce process until judgment has been granted by the court. Failure to do so, even if the party believes it to be separate property, can result in a set-aside or reversal of the judgment and an award of the non-disclosed asset to the other party without offset. “Hiding the ball” can be costly –think of the well-known lottery case (In Re Marriage of Rossi) where one party failed to disclose the $1.3 million winnings of a California lottery ticket and despite the party’s contention that the winnings were separate property, the family law court awarded the non-disclosed asset in its entirety to the other party. Mediation is a great way to resolve a divorce amicably, but even in mediation, both parties will be required to make a full and complete financial disclosure to the other. By knowing this obligation at the outset can lead to an orderly, respectful, economical and complete resolution. This blog post was written by Mark F. Johannessen. Mark is a California Family Law attorney and Certified Family Law Specialist at Family Law Center. He practices exclusively family law and serves the greater Sacramento area, including the county of Yolo, where Mark is a West Sacramento City Councilman, If you need assistance with your divorce, including the division of assets and debts, call Mark at (916) 488-5088 to schedule a consultation. [gravityform id=2 name=ContactUs]

Carol F. Delzer

Carol F. Delzer

President & Senior Mediator/Collaborative Attorney, Certified Family Law Specialist

Carol has extensive experience and education in negotiation and conflict resolution, including over 30 years' experience in creating “win-win" agreements as a real estate broker with an extensive knowledge of tax and finance. Her background is a tremendous asset to her clients during divorce negotiations; it allows her to recognize each person's point of view, explore the alternatives thoroughly, and guide the opposing parties to an equitable resolution. In addition to being a certified family law specialist, Carol is a licensed marriage family therapist and author. Her latest book is 8 Weeks to Collaborative Co-Parenting for Divorcing Parents.

Mark F. Johannessen

Mark F. Johannessen


Mark has practiced civil, business and tax law since 1983, and exclusively family law since 1993. With an extensive business and financial background, Mark is qualified to represent clients in complex property and financial dissolution cases using a cooperative, respectful, and professional approach to conflict resolution.

James Tiehm

James Tiehm


James Tiehm is an attorney at the Family Law Center. His practice focuses on litigation and limited scope representation. James represents clients in all aspects of divorce, including issues related to child custody and visitation; child support; spousal support; asset and debt division; and domestic violence. James understands the emotional nature of divorce and seeks to compassionately represent his clients in addressing their needs.

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Family Law Center represents clients throughout California including, but not limited to: Sacramento, Antelope, Auburn, Cameron Park, Carmichael, Citrus Heights, Davis, El Dorado Hills, Elk Grove, Fair Oaks, Folsom, Granite Bay, Placerville, Rancho Cordova, Rocklin, Roseville, West Sacramento, Woodland and the Counties of Sacramento, El Dorado, Placer, Yolo and more.