Determining the division of property in a divorce can be one of the most time-consuming and potentially adversarial aspects of the process. This can hold true whether the divorce is mediated or goes to trial. Psychologists have found that what items and other assets matter most to the each of the two spouses involved, and even how they negotiate, can be impacted by their gender.
One study discussed something called the "endowment effect." This means that when people perceive that they own something, whether they legally do or not, they value it more. This tends to happen with physical objects like cars, furniture or other items in the house that they can touch.