Lump-sum workers’ compensation award was subject to distribution upon divorce and its equal division was equitable.
Worker’s compensation settlement is separate property. It was not commingled with marital funds. Use of some of the funds to pay marital debts does not make the rest marital.
Workers’ compensation settlement received after dissolution is not marital property, because the award is compensation for wages that would have been earned post-dissolution.
Injured worker’s wife was not entitled to any interest in anticipated workers’ compensation settlement for injuries sustained during the marriage, because payment was for wages that would have been earned post-dissolution.
Florida adopts “analytical approach” towards classifying worker’s compensation benefits – compensation for pain and suffering and future wages are separate, while lost wages and medical expenses paid from marital funds are marital.