You should never underestimate a spouse's non-economic contribution to a marriage for the purpose of determining equitable distribution. In one recent case, the wife was the monied spouse employed as a microbiologist. The husband took care of the marital home and the parties' son, and, therefore, helped foster the wife's successful career advancement.
Moreover, and most importantly, the Husband, a handyman, found real property which the parties would purchase, using mostly the wife's income. The husband would fix up the property himself and then market it for resale or for rent. The court found that the parties' wealth and lavish lifestyle was due, in large measure, from the husband's insight to acquiring real property, fixing it up and either selling it for a profit or renting it out for an income stream.
Thus, the court found that the wife and husband had an economic partnership which consisted of the wife's money and the husband's labor. While the wife argued that her income was the sole source of the parties' investments, the evidence at trial showed that the husband's non-economic contribution significantly improved the parties' lavish lifestyle. The Court, therefore, held that the husband was entitled to 50% share of equitable distribution of all the assets based on his substantial non-economic contribution and home and child care services.