Huffman v. Huffman (Appellate Division, Second Department)

The defendant (husband) appealed the trial court’s decision that subject his MBA degree to equitable division. The appellate court reaffirmed the decision of the trial court, stating, despite the defendant’s claim that the MBA was not a prerequisite for his employment in various finance positions, there was ample evidence that this degree made him a more valuable candidate. Furthermore, it was also affirmed this 30% award of the enhanced earning to the plaintiff was proper as the plaintiff made substantial indirect contributions to the husband’s attainment of the degree: supporting the husband’s educational endeavors, working and contributing her earnings to the family, being primary caretaker of the children, family and housekeeping responsibilities.