Prepare for It. The best way to prepare for this reaction is to simply know your stance ahead of time by determining if you would even consider a counteroffer. Yes, it may be more money or a better title, but there's more to consider__including your career goals, level of job satisfaction in your current role, and the opportunities that your new role offers.
However, at most companies, there's no formal requirement that you do so. Most employment in the United States is called "at will", which means that your current employer can fire you at any time and for any reason (except those that are prohibited under law).