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873 So. 2d 601 (Fla. 5th DCA 2004)

A father appealed the apportionment of settlement proceeds arising out of a motor vehicle accident that claimed the life of their 14 year old daughter. The trial court had awarded the mother a greater portion of the proceeds reasoning that her pain and suffering damages were greater because she was primary residential custodian of the child, and following the parties’ divorce, the father had moved out of state and did not have a close relationship with his daughter. Shannon McLin represented the mother on appeal and the Fifth District Court of Appeal affirmed the trial court’s decision.