Sadaghiani v. Ghayoori (Appellate Division, Third Department)

Husband appealed the Supreme Court’s decision relating to the valuation and distribution of his enhanced earnings. The Appellate Court determined that one third of the enhanced earnings as marital property was appropriate. However, the court adjusted the distribution of that marital portion from 30% to 10% due to the facts that a) the husband obtained medical degree prior to marriage, b) cohabitated with plaintiff for less than six months during which time he took additional tests for his medical licensing, c) husband’s expenses were primarily covered by his mother, d) wife did not adjust or interrupt her lifestyle/career to support the husband’s efforts for licensure, and e) wife’s level of contribution was ‘modest’.