Going into a divorce without adequate preparation can complicate the process. You have many ways to prepare for a divorce, but they mostly boil down to these four measures.

1. Consult an Attorney Fast

The first thing is to consult a divorce attorney. Fast consultation is critical for two main reasons. First, the attorney will provide you with the knowledge to help you prepare for the looming divorce. Note that each divorce case is different — what worked for your colleague might not work for you. Thus, you shouldn't rely on advice from friends or relatives — restrict yourself to advice from a lawyer.

Secondly, getting a lawyer early on can prevent your partner from "conflicting out" the divorce lawyers in your area. This measure is important if you live in a small town. "Conflicting out" is a ploy where a partner consults all of the divorce lawyers in the area. After that, you won't be able to consult with the lawyers because it would be a conflict of interest if they dealt with you.

2. Copy Relevant Documents

Another critical step is to secure or make copies of all the documents you may need during the divorce or after. Some of the documents to copy include:

  • Bank statements
  • Tax returns
  • Investment records
  • Property titles
  • Pay stubs
  • Car registration records
  • Utility bills

In short, you should have records of all documents related to income, expenditure, debts, and property ownership. These documents will help you prove asset ownership, marital debts, and standard of living, among other things.

3. Protect Your Finances

Lastly, you also need to protect your finances. You will need money during the divorce, and you cannot rely on your partner a hundred percent to provide the necessary money. A vengeful and bitter spouse can even lock you out of the marital resources.

Cancel your joint bank accounts and credit cards, and then sign up for individual ones. Limit your expenses so that you can have access to emergency funds if necessary.

4. Deal With Your Emotions

The prospect of a divorce can send you into an emotional maelstrom — especially if your partner initiates the divorce. While you can't escape from your emotions, you can prevent them from interfering with your divorce. A friend, religious leader, family member, or therapist can help you deal with your emotions.

Divorce preparation can help you shorten your divorce, protect your finances, and get a fair deal during asset division. Don't forget to be utterly honest with your divorce lawyer to help them help you.