Even though sometimes divorce is a sudden decision between two people, in most cases, it is one of those things that is suspected well in advance. Even if you slightly suspect that your journey as one entity is coming to a close, it is time to start thinking wisely about what happens when two people who are married choose to legally part ways. If you have a pretty good inclination that a divorce attorney is in your near future, there are a few things that you should do to start getting prepared for the endeavor ahead.
Start separating your finances.
If all you've ever had is a joint checking account or you have pooled your income together to pay the bills, it is time to start separating your finances. If you and your spouse are on speaking terms, make it a point to plan out who will be paying what bills from here on out. Go ahead and close any joint accounts you have and revert back to only a single-owned account. This will not only make it easier when you do file for a divorce, but it will get both of you used to the idea of handling specific bills and accounts on your own.
Create a plan for alternative living arrangements.
It is likely that you or your spouse will have to leave the home. If you rent a home together, it is completely possible that both of you will have to vacate the property if one of you cannot afford the rent payment on your own. Before you file for a divorce, it is a good idea to have alternative living arrangements ready or at the least in mind. Talk to relatives to find out if they would allow you to move in temporarily if you have to and check out low-cost rentals available in your area, such as motels, apartments, and sleeping rooms.
Weed out unwanted things and start dividing your property.
You may never realize just how much personal property you have until you go through a divorce and you are forced to divide your property in court with the help of an attorney. Therefore, the less personal property you have to contend with, the less of a hassle it will be for everything to be divided in a way the judge decides. Go through your things (together if possible) and start weeding out property you can either liquidate and split the funds or donate to get out of the way.