Court proceedings can be trying, stressful and prolonged, and so under many circumstances, mediation can be a more efficient and effective route. Mediation is not always appropriate – financial disparities between the parties can be especially problematic, and some spouses (and their representatives) may see this only as an opportunity to coerce or wear down the other side. We can determine together if this is an acceptable and appropriate course of action. “Keep your house and lose your spouse”.