F.W. v. A.W. (Supreme Court, New York County)

The plaintiff-husband owned an investment property located at 22 W. 25th Street which consisted of 16 residential and one commercial unit which generated approximately $750,000 to $1.0 million in gross rents per year.  Defendant-wife’s application for an expert to value her efforts in increasing the value of the plaintiff’s 22 W. 25th Street property was subsequently denied.  The court held that merely asserting that defendant’s efforts increased the value of the property was insufficient if nothing else was provided to support such a claim.  At most, the defendant claims she lobbied for rent laws more favorable to landowners but was unable to demonstrate specific actions/contributions that affected the actual worth of the property in question and failed to even argue that the building was marital property.