SERIO v. ROSSANO (Nassau Supreme)

Defendant-husband had commenced a personal injury lawsuit prior to his marriage to plaintiff-wife.  The husband was ultimately awarded $1.6 million in damages from that personal injury suit which the wife contended, during the parties’ divorce action, husband had transmuted from separate property to marital assets.  The Court heard testimony and reviewed evidence and determined that the property was indeed transmuted by the husband and subject to equitable distribution.