New York Unequal Distribution of Marital Assets Example Case

In K. v. B., 13 AD3d 12, 784 N.Y.S.2d 76 (1st Dept. 2004), in affirming an unequal distribution of marital property on the basis of the parties' respective contributions to the marriage (a marriage that also included separate residences for each spouse and some furtive banking transactions), the First Department explained: "the unequal distribution of marital assets awarded by the court, was not as a punitive consequence but, rather, as a factually supported reflection of the actual contributions each spouse made to the existence and survival of the marriage and in fulfillment of their respective roles as parents and partners." (Id. at 16-17.)