1. Know What You Want out of the Divorce:
The number one thing you can do to set yourself up for a smooth divorce is to identify what your goals are on the front end of the divorce process. Before you start the divorce process, think carefully about what you actually really want out of it. Consulting with an attorney can help clarify what your objectives are.
2. Think of the Children:
Divorce can be an extremely emotional process. When children are involved, make sure to always balance the needs of the children when making divorce decisions.
3. Learn as Much as Possible About the Divorce Process:
Make sure that prior to beginning the divorce process you have consulted with an attorney to get a good grasps as to what the whole divorce process looks like. Also when seeking advice from friends or family that have been through divorce make sure that they are level-headed people who have been in your shoes.
4. Find the Right Lawyer:
During a divorce, your attorney will be your advisor, spokesperson, negotiator, and trusted confidant. Take your time to find the right lawyer. Speak to multiple lawyers prior to deciding on one.
5. Get Your Finances in Order:
Gather all your documents. Check your credit score. Know your debts. Know your assets. Anything and everything will likely come into play.