divorce season
Divorce filings peaked consistently in March and August over a 14-year period. University of Washington

A new study from sociologists at the University of Washington suggests that there is definitely a divorce season — two per year actually. The researchers found the first quantitative evidence of a seasonal, biannual pattern of divorce filings. They analyzed filings in Washington state from 2001 and 2015 and found that the new divorce filings peaked in March and August, following winter and summer holidays.

The findings were presented at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in Seattle on August 21, 2016. Winter and summer holidays seem culturally sacred for families — such that it may be considered inappropriate or taboo to file during the holiday season. Holidays can be seen as a time to stay together for the family either for Christmas or for the summer family trip.

The two that performed the study set out to evaluate the effects of the recession on divorce patters. They found that the pattern held even during the recession period, although there was more volatility during those years.

The study has turned to other states to see if the pattern holds true. They have examined four other states — Ohio, Minnesota, Florida, and Arizona — all states that have similar divorce laws to Washington, but differ in demographics and economic conditions. The pattern shown in Washington held to be the same in the other four states as well.

Read the article from the University of Washington website Is divorce seasonal? UW research shows biannual spike in divorce filings by .

FROM MICHELLE: This pattern is something that Dallas Texas divorce lawyers are well familiar with. We wouldn’t need scientific research to know the trends exist. I have been a divorce lawyer in Texas for 25 years and have seen the divorce rates start to rise significantly in mid-January with a peak usually in mid-March. About the time Spring Break starts, the filings slow down and continue to slow into the summer holiday period. Then, new filings peak again just after school starts in August and stay strong through October, slowing down in November and December for the holidays. These trends have been consistent year after year of my entire career. During the 2008 recession, the trends went a little askew, with filings over all slowing down. Right now, we have entered into the second season of the year. Divorce filings are up for the month of August and should continue to stay strong through October.

 

 

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Michelle May O’Neil has 27 years’ experience representing small business owners, professionals, and individuals in litigation related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as “a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty”, Ms. O’Neil exudes…

Michelle May O’Neil has 27 years’ experience representing small business owners, professionals, and individuals in litigation related to family law matters such as divorce, child custody, and complex property division. Described by one lawyer as “a lethal combination of sweet-and-salty”, Ms. O’Neil exudes genuine compassion for her client’s difficulties, yet she can be relentless when in pursuit of a client’s goals. One judge said of Ms. O’Neil, “She cannot be out-gunned, out-briefed, or out-lawyered!”

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Ms. O’Neil became a board-certified family law specialist by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1997 and has maintained her certification since that time. While representing clients in litigation before the trial court is an important part of her practice, Ms. O’Neil also handles appellate matters in the trial court, courts of appeals and Texas Supreme Court. Lawyers frequently consult with Ms. O’Neil on their litigation cases about specialized legal issues requiring particularized attention both at the trial court and appellate levels. This gives her a unique perspective and depth of perception that benefits both her litigation and appellate clients.

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Ms. O’Neil has been named to the list of Texas SuperLawyers for many years, 2011-2018, a peer-voted honor given to only about 5% of the lawyers in the state of Texas. In 2014-2018, Ms. O’Neil received the special honor of being named by Texas SuperLawyers as one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in Texas, Top 100 Lawyers in Texas, and Top 100 Lawyers in DFW. She was named one of the Best Lawyers in America for 2016 and received an “A-V” peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directories for the highest quality legal ability and ethical standards.

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A noted author, Ms. O’Neil released her second book Basics of Texas Divorce Law in November 2010, with a second edition released in 2013, and a third edition expected in 2015.  Her first book, All About Texas Law and Kids, was published in September 2009 by Texas Lawyer Press. In 2012, Ms. O’Neil co-authored the booklets What You Need To Know About Common Law Marriage In Texas and Social Study Evaluations.  The State Bar of Texas and other providers of continuing education for attorneys frequently enlist Ms. O’Neil to provide instruction to attorneys on topics of her expertise in the family law arena.