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Managing Your Mental Health during a Divorce

The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, December 15, 2015

—Useful Tips from a Divorce Lawyer for the Holidays

Divorce is a serious lifestyle change; and one that most people are not prepared for. When the holidays roll around, you will be dealing with the stress of the holidays themselves, but also coping with your life post-divorce. Even if your divorce is not final, it can be hard to maintain your sanity during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season and still maintain a calm exterior for everyone involved in the divorce process. Luckily, there are things you can do to manage your stress level and hopefully, enjoy the holidays a little with loved ones and friends.

Tips for Enjoying the Holidays During or After a Divorce

From family dinners to holiday traditions, there will be a lot of reminders that your life has changed during Christmas and New Year’s. To make the most out of this year’s holiday season, consider some of these tips:

  • Make an Attitude Adjustment - Instead of dreading the upcoming holidays, embrace them. Do not worry that the holidays will be different; instead, take advantage of the opportunity to create your own traditions and toss out the ones that you never liked anyway.
  • Go Year by Year - The first year during or after a divorce is the hardest. So, instead of thinking about years to come, just take each year as it rolls in. You do not have to go all out this holiday either; do what you feel like and then next year, do the same.
  • Keep the Kids Involved - Whether your children are grown up with their own kids or still living at home, including them in the festivities and holiday planning will help. Maintain holiday traditions you have with your children and ask them what they would like to incorporate this year.
  • Think About Traditions - See what traditions of the past you can keep and perhaps make a list of those traditions and how they have helped you all enjoy the holidays together. Then, sit down with the kids and decide which traditions you want to still continue.
  • Set Boundaries - Be very clear to family and friends as to what you can and cannot do this holiday season. If you are engrossed in court hearings or you just need a break, do not let others coax you into taking on more than you can. It is okay to say “no” when you need a break.
  • Do Not Isolate - No matter what you do, do not isolate yourself during the holidays. Surround yourself with a support network of family and friends so that the holidays become a little easier.

The holidays are tough if you are considering divorce during the season of festive joy. You will want a divorce attorney by your side to help reduce that stress.

Speak with the divorce attorneys at the Harding Law Firm regarding your divorce.  Contact Charles Harding for a free consultation. You can also call us at 518-384-3400

Car Accidents in the Winter

The Harding Law Firm - Tuesday, December 01, 2015

—Advice from a Car Accident Attorney in Albany

Icy, snowy and wintry conditions make driving difficult. Unfortunately, too many drivers in New York fail to exercise caution when driving in poor weather conditions, which leads to more accidents. According to, there were 458 deaths in the United States from 2009-2010 due to icy roads and 477 from the year before. This further proves that icy conditions can be deadly when caution is not exercised.

What the Experts Say

Winter can start early in New York; sometimes showing ice as early as the end of October or mid-November. While majority of the snow does not start to hit until December and through February, these conditions can increase the number of accidents seen on the roadways.

A study published by physicians in 2005 assessed the effects of snowfall on motor vehicle collisions, injuries and fatalities. They assessed the fatal crashes for all states from 1975 to 2000 and concluded that:

  • The number of fatal crashes was less on snowy days than dry days, but the number of non-fatal injury crashes and property damage-only crashes increased.
  • The first snowy day of the season was always the most dangerous compared to other snowy days of the season; especially for elderly drivers.
  • Snow-related crashes are substantial.

Their study had shown that poor weather conditions were associated with 7,000 fatalities, 800,000 injuries, and more than 1.5 million crashes each year in the United States. Poor weather was present in 28 percent of all crashes and nearly 20 percent of highway fatalities.

What Options Do I Have if I Am Injured in a Winter-Related Accident This Year?

If you or a loved one is injured in a car accident this winter, you do have options. You will first want to preserve the evidence of the scene by:

  1. Contacting the authorities or 911 to report the accident
  2. Seeking medical attention right away if you or a loved one is injured
  3. Exchanging contact information with the other driver
  4. Taking photographs of the accident scene, including the weather, road conditions, landmarks to help map out where the accident occurred, tire skids, etc.
  5. Obtaining a copy of the police report
  6. Obtaining copies of your medical records
  7. Speaking with a car accident attorney as soon as possible

Speak with a car accident lawyer in Schenectady, NY regarding your car accident. Contact Charles Harding for a free consultation. You can also call us at 518-384-3400