A common issue in property division during a divorce is when, at what point in time, is the property valued? Should the asset be valued at time of separation or time of settlement/trial? And the answer in King County is often “it depends”. Our statute gives the court broad discretion in dividing debts and assets and although the date of separation is a clear mark in the sand sometimes, if an assets increases in value post separation but prior to resolution, the court will use the latter date for value basing the decision in equity. The best reason to back up your date of separation in your petition and response is to protect yourself of any new and large debts the other party might incur.