One of the crucial parts of completing any Sacramento divorce is preparing the Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure (PDD). Every divorce case will require these documents to be properly prepared, served upon the other side, and the one-page proof of service form filed with the Sacramento County family court. If you fail to complete these documents and have them served upon the other side, you risk having the court partially or completely setting aside your Sacramento divorce.

Here is a simple checklist you can follow in completing the PDD:

  • Complete and sign the Income and Expense Declaration (form FL-150) and attach copies of your recent paystubs. Black out Social Security Numbers and bank account numbers.

  • Complete the Schedule of Assets and Debts (form FL-142) and attach copies of statements of value for each asset and debt as close to the date you separated from your spouse. So, if you separated on January 1, 2012, you should include statements for your bank accounts as close to January 1, 2012 as possible. You should do this for every asset and debt (if statements exist).
  • Complete the Declaration of Disclosure (form FL-140) and sign everything.
  • Serve the completed package on your spouse and keep a copy for yourself.
  • File the 1 page Declaration Regarding Service of Disclosure (form FL-141) with the court.
  • Follow up with your spouse to ensure that he/she completes their PDD and serves you.

We recommend you seek the advice and counsel of our Sacramento divorce attorneys. We are trained to assist you in properly completing your required Preliminary Declaration of Disclosure.