More than likely, you do not. Damage awards are intended to compensate an individual for losses sustained due to another person’s negligence, and may include funds meant to be applied to future medical costs caused by the injuries.
For these reasons, New York law and Brooklyn judges both side on the proceeds from a damage claim remaining with the spouse who won them.
There may be ways that the existence of the damage award can help you though.
By developing a strategic framework that takes into account things like damage awards, you may be able to reduce your ultimate responsibility in the final settlement.
An experienced Brooklyn divorce attorney may be able to help you make the most of your spouse’s new wealth in your divorce.
Call Zelenitz, Shapiro & D’Agostino today at 718-725-9601 for a free consultation.