Generally, Equitable Distribution law provides that marital property is all property acquired by either or both spouses during the marriage and before the execution of a separation agreement or the commencement of a matrimonial action (divorce).
Compensation received for personal injuries is regarded as separate property. Separate property should be kept separate in order to keep it from becoming marital (so if you put it in an account with only your name, that keeps it separate; if you put it in a joint account you may be co-mingling it and changing it from separate to marital).
If you and your spouse agree on the issues of your marriage (such as property division and child support/custody), you can get an uncontested divorce.
My office has a website for uncontested divorces: www.NYDivorceShop.com
Morghan Leia Richardson, Esq.
Richardson Legal PLLC
31-08 Broadway, Suite 204
Astoria, New York 11106