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Deborah A. L. Iwanyshyn

Family Attorney at Allison Park, PA

4.7   31 reviews
  • Licensed for 37 years
    State PA
    Acquired 1985
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Practice areas
  1. Family
    We focus on all aspects of Family Advocacy which includes Pre-nuptial and Pos-nuptial agreements, Support (APL, Alimony, Child), Equitable Distribution of Assets and Liabilities, Small and Privately-held companies, Custody and Divorce.

  2. Child custody
    Child custody is the most difficult area because it requires different skills to try to enable clients to get to a place where they can accept a custody arrangement that is best for their child. My custody mediation training included additional family meditation training that gives me insight into the needs of the children. I work with parent coordinators and counselors who can help resolve most issues. See my website for more details.

    37 years

  3. Alimony
    Alimony requies special negotiation skills and the ability to display accurate budgets and needs. I utilize complex software that enables me to present evidence to assure that adequate alimony is awarded.

    37 years

  4. Divorce and separation
    I handle simple as well as complex divorce cases including valuation of closely held businesses and determination or income for support. My forensic accounting experience as a CPA and tax preparer enables me to do your work without having the need to hire an outside consultant.

    37 years

  5. Child abuse

  6. Uncontested divorce

My practice utilizes my  heavy financial background to get your case settled without drama and without having to go to court.  I practice out of the North Hills and have developed a paperless highly digital and sophisticated way of managing your case and analyzing your marital estate and your or your spouse's possible needs for alimony.  I can show you creative ways to divide your assets with the least amount of damage to each party.  I settle the majority of my cases without you ever having to see a courtroom or meet a judge.

 Because I am paperless you will receive everything through email providing you with digital files instead of reams of paper.  You receieve everything that comes in or goes out with respect to your case.

 I utilize sophisitcated software that analyzes various scenarios regarding equitable distribution and alimony.  I can project through 50 years in the future what your income and expenses will be based upon the distribution and can show if alimony is necessary and for how long.  Other attorneys have to hire outside consultants to do this which doubles your costs.

 I am an attorney as well as a CPA (license inactive) and a former member of the American Society of Appraisers having earned the designation of ASA, which is a Senior Member, specializing in business valuation. I am also an adjunct professor at Carlow University teaching Masters of Science in Fraud and Forensice students criminal evidence and utilizing the National Fraud Examiners Handbook.  I am also the Vice Chair of the Taxation Committee of the American Bar Association Section of Family Law.

 My office is in the North Hills although if you want to meet downtown I can arrange that.  I utilize email, text, the telephone, Facetime and Skype so that you don't have to be bothered traveling to my office for meetings.  Generally we meet once in the beginnng of the case to ensure that you are comfortable with me.

 My background enables me to easily handle complex divorce and support cases, especially where closely-held family businesses are involved.   I have been hired by lawyers to be their outside consultant.  I have been qualified by the court to testify in court as an expert witness regarding the value of businesses and as to the income of a self-employed person.

 I have had over 100 hours of mediation training and have sponsored mediation training sessions with nationally renowned mediattrs.  I am also a trained collaborative lawyer.  I have mediated for the Allegheny County  Custody Program as well as privately in my practice.  I was a member of the Western Pennsylvania Mediation Counsel   I studied in a two year Gestault Training program for professionals with advanced degrees.  I can help you identify  what kind of counselng or therapy that might help you.

II was divorced for 15 years and was also a single mother and the sole breadwinner.  I can relate to your issues and your life.  

I also strenuously protect the business owner from harassment and burdensome requests for documents.  I can help you keep that at a minimum.  

 I have been asked by the American Bar Association to author a book for lawyers describing how to manage a divorce when there is a closely-held business involved.  The book should be published in the fall 2016.

 My website talks about my personal situation.  I have several videos on the site that will give you some insight into your situation.  You can view them at .  I offer a free telephone consultation so feel free to call.

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4.7 / 5.0
  31 customer reviews
Posted by Islam | May 22, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
It is priceless to almost always have your attorney just one phone call away during a hard time like divorce. Specially a high conflict one! Deb is very experienced, knowledgable, and passionate about what she does. She will fight for your rights. I appreciate her help and JB's. Thank you.
Posted by Kimberly | March 17, 2021
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Attorney
Deborah Iwanyshyn handled my recent divorce and was excellent. I highly recommend.
Posted by anonymous | January 5, 2020
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| Consulted Attorney
Professional and Polite
I consulted with Attorney Iwanyshyn about my possible divorce. Deb was very explicit in directing me with all my opportunities. She touched basis on everything involved. I wasn't even thinking about support and custody. Deb made me aware of all that needs to be addressed before proceeding with my decision to file for divorce. She has helped me see things clearly. I totally appreciate her knowledge and willingness to share with me. I know that once I get myself in order, I will be hiring Deborah to represent me in court. She has helped me in my time of need. It was like talking to a friend as well as an attorney. I suggest if anyone else is in my situation that you call Attorney Iwanyshyn.
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Posted by Patty | January 1, 2020
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Excellent lawyer
Deborah is an excellent attorney. I have found her easy to communicate with and she explains what to expect throughout the case. She has helped me through a very difficult time in getting custody of my deceased brother's children. She has been a wonderful attorney throughout the process.
Posted by anonymous | December 31, 2019
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| Consulted Attorney
Best Attorney
I called Attorney Iwanyshyn with a series of questions about my family situation. I was totally at a loss as to what to do. She was very knowledgeable and listened to my rambling. She took the time to address each and every issue and explained in great detail what I could do and could not do. Attorney Iwanyshyn is a credit to her profession. Caring and polite. She helped me in my time of distress. I would highly recommend her to my friends and family. I will be using her services.
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Posted by Lisa D | November 13, 2018
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Deborah is the best!
Deborah is a true advocate and support to those who hire her. She is well versed in the law and has a background as a CPA as well which was a huge asset to me! She truly cares for her clients, not only during the time you need her, but afterwards as well. She’s the best!
Posted by Shane | November 12, 2018
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Effective counsel
Deborah provided me with effective counsel during a custody dispute with my ex-wife. She was available when I needed her and got issues resolved when they arose, which unfortunately did arise at a very inconvenient time. She proved to be far effective and economical than the law firm I used for my divorce. I would hire Deborah again in the event any further matters come up with my custody agreement.
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Posted by Noelle | November 10, 2018
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Best Choice I made
Let me be specific, Deborah Iwanshyn is beyond a shadow of a doubt the most knowledgeable, dedicated, sincerely caring and crafty lawyer I’ve ever met. I spoke with four lawyers total about my divorce. Deborah came highly recommended and I found her the easiest to talk to. Once I secured her services, weeks later, my orthopedic surgeon called me personally to ask if I had chosen a lawyer and gave me her name. The irony was I had already chosen her! I will not pretend her services are cheap but I will tell you her wisdom, dedication, and compassion are worth it. If not for Deborah I’d not be in as secure a position as I am today. You will not be sorry when you chose her to proceed with your case.
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Posted by James A | May 15, 2018
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Thank You, Deb
I would like to thank Deb for the fabulous job she did in representing me. She was the second attorney that I hired because the first attorney did absolutely nothing. She was both professional and thorough in every way. She returned calls immediately and came to court always well prepared. Deb cared about my family and fought very hard to protect my interests. I would highly recommend.
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Posted by Amy | May 1, 2018
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Drawn out divorce
Deb was very responsive from the day I called her office May 2016. My case was drawn out longer than it had to be she was patient calm and stayed the course with me.
Posted by Joe | September 2, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
My Experience
“Although I started with another, Big-Name-Firm, I finished with Iwanyshyn & Associates. Deborah and her team represented me in a highly contested divorce. I appreciate their diligence and hard work obtaining a settlement when I thought none could be achieved. My estate was not large, yet I always received prompt attention and timely support whenever I called or emailed. They kept me aware of the snags as well as the progress all along the way. I strongly recommend anyone looking for excellence in family law use Deborah and her team. -Trucker Joe”
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Posted by Robert | August 14, 2017
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Excellent choice
Deborah has a wealth of knowledge and experience. My case was always a high priority and she was readily available when we I needed to speak with her. She was a calming influence in what was a difficult process and stressful time in my life.
Posted by Barry | September 27, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Deborah handled my case with the utmost professionalism . She kept me well informed and told me what to expect, positive as well as negative. She is truly in your corner and will give you advice that will lead you in the right direction.
Posted by April | September 25, 2016
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Absolutely VITAL to my life in a time of need !!!!
I was referred to Deborah from a family friend who has known Deborah for many years .I needed help right away from a falsely made PFA and pending custody issues. Deborah made herself immediately available. She was Exceptional !!! She scared my ex enough to hire a lawyer, and then convinced the other lawyer they had no case. We were able to avoid all sorts of costs and delays. I was highly emotional, and she was terrific calming me and guiding me through this terrible time. I am now enjoying my time with my daughter without the threat of “him” interfering. I can not recommend Deborah enough. She told me she would do everything she could to help get my baby back and she made good on that promise. Deborah was not only willing to help me and my ex come to a settlement but she was also ready to fight for me, I can not sing her praises enough! I am not someone who knows anything about law and have never been in the court system but I came to find out how well respected Deborah is as an attorney by other attorneys. She genuinely cared and made me feel as though she cared as much about my situation as I did and she moved quick! There is no waste of your time or money here, she is a wonderful attorney I have no regrets about the way she handled my case, If I ever need her again I will NOT hesitate to call her !!
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Posted by Ernest | September 15, 2016
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Excellent Lawyer!
I hired Deborah Iwanyshyn for my Superior Court child support case. A friend referred me to her and it was one of the best choices i ever made. Deborah was speedy, since i only had a few days to file with the Superior Court. She was truly concerned about my case and i felt that. Deborah promptly returned my phone calls, emails and text messages. Without a doubt, Debs knowledge and experience helped me avoid years of unjustified financial loss. I can't say enough to show how much Deborah's hard work on my case has truly changed my life. Deborah exceeded my expectations. I wish I could give Deb 10 stars and i would definitely recommend her to any one who may find themselves in my situation. Thank you Deborah Iwanyshyn! CHEERS...
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Posted by Scott | September 11, 2015
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Great Job
Deb was referred to me by another one of her clients. She was professional, compassionate and courteous and I would recommend her to anyone.
Posted by anonymous | September 3, 2015
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Debra Iwanyshyn
Debra is an excellent divorce attorney . She was very professional during my divorce and helped me out personally and professionally. I definitely recommend her ...
Posted by Wendy | July 18, 2015
Support and Custody
Debrorah Iwanyshyn has represented me and my five children for many years. She has an exellent understanding of family law and has always been available to me when I needed her. She is kind and patient and was very effective in court. When you are fighting for the support and well being of your children you will need the best. I absolutely recommend Attorney Deborah Iwanyshyn. She did amazing work for me.
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Posted by anonymous | June 23, 2015
Impeccable Representation
Deborah Iwanyshyn diligently represented me in a marriage dissolution case. She took on this case, 19 September 2013, and saw it through to its conclusion on 9 June 2015. The request for dissolution was first submitted to a different attorney (5 November 2012), however, that attorney did not see the case through, and I sought out Ms Iwanyshyn, who willingly accepted transfer of the case. A case that should have been straightforward became muddled and was continually stalled by the opposing party, who was lax in submitting requested documents and information, which caused the process to be repeatedly delayed, yet, Ms Iwanyshyn showed great fortitude and perseverance, remained in constant contact, and went above and beyond the call of duty. Ms Iwanyshyn’s availability to discuss matters was outstanding, her response time was prompt, and her attentiveness was exceptional. In addition, the fees were reasonable. I reside in a different country, and Ms Iwanyshyn’s ability to resolve this matter, without my ever having to set foot on US soil, was impressive and deeply appreciated. I would highly recommend Deborah Iwanyshyn to anyone needing representation – she excels at fair representation.
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Posted by jon | April 18, 2014
Collaborative Divorce Success
Attorney Iwanyshyn provided outstanding professional/legal advice, as well as friendly support during my separation and divorce. Her experience in financial analysis and business valuation was utterly priceless to my understanding of "equitable distribution". She helped me understand and value pre-marital and post-marital assets (& liabilities), as well as creating several financial options that my former spouse and I could evaluate collaboratively to achieve an agreeable outcome. Deb's skill as a mediator was obvious as she guided me in my times of high/low emotions to see the facts and to resolve my emotions outside of the inner workings of the divorce process (e.g. counseling and support groups). She helped me get through difficult family (children) transitions and financial transactions, with firmness and empathy. She always showed me a balanced perspective being very respectful of my spouse and my spouse's attorney to help keep the collaborative nature of the divorce on-track. She pushed me when I needed it, and she waited when it was appropriate for me to resolve my issues. I did not want the divorce, and needed an advocate that understood from where I was coming, and to where I wanted to head - Deb provided this to me, and I am forever grateful. I most strongly recommend her and her firm.
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Work Experience

  • Owner
  • Iwanyshyn & Associates
  • 1985 - Present
  • Adjunct Professor
  • Carlow University
  • 2016 - 2016


  • Gestault Institute of New England
  • Gestault Therapy Certification
  • 2005
  • United States Bankruptcy Court
  • 2003
  • Allegheny County Family Division
  • 2002
  • United States Postal Service
  • 2002
  • American Society of Appraisers
  • ASA
  • 1987
  • Duquesne University School of Law
  • Juris Doctorate
  • 1985
  • Commonwealth of Pa Dept of State
  • Certified Public Account (license inactive)
  • 1979
  • Pennsylvania State University
  • Bachelor of Science
  • 1975
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Legal Cases

  • Lentz v. Meyer
  • I actually housed this young woman for a year and obtained joint custody. Both she and the father have co-parented and are engaged.
  • Kwarteng v. Taylor
  • 2 year old child returned to Belgium parents


  • American Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • 2016 - Present
  • Taxation Committee of the Family Law section of the American Bar Association
  • Vice Chair
  • 2015 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Taxation Chairperson
  • 2016 - 2017
  • Western Pennsylvania Mediation Counsel
  • Board Member
  • 2005 - 2008
  • Animal Friends
  • Board of Directors
  • 2000 - 2002
  • American Society of Appraisers
  • Board of Directors
  • 1990 - 1993
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2016
  • Top Lawyer
  • The Global Directory of Who’s Who
  • 2015
  • 10 Best Lawyers in Pennsylvania for Client Satisfaction
  • American Institute of Family Law Attorneys
  • 2015
  • Top 100 Lawyers
  • The National Advocates
  • 2015
  • Top One Percent
  • National Association of Distinguished Counsel
  • 2013
  • Former Senior Member of American Society of Appraisers (ASA)
  • American Society of Appraisers
  • 1987
  • Certified Public Accountant (license inactive)
  • Pennsylvania Licensing
  • 1978
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Speaking Engagements

  • Summer school
  • Single Parenting That Works! Raising Well-Balanced Children in an Off-Balance World
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (17)
Given (31)
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Family Attorney | Nov 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mrs. Iwanyshynl is an excellent advocate for her clients. I would not hesitate to recommend my own clients to her if they were in need."
Family Attorney | May 29
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I worked with Ms. Iwanyshyn on a difficult divorce case. She always kept the lines of communication open and was a pleasure to deal with. She fights hard for her clients."
Family Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. A caring and compassionate voice for her clients."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 20
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer. An intelligent and an amazing attorney."
Family Attorney | Sep 28
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Alimony Attorney | May 20
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A highly skilled and respected lawyer in the legal community."
Alimony Attorney | May 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. A brilliant and highly respected attorney in the legal community."
Child custody Attorney | Mar 26
Relationship: Other
"Mr. Iwanshyn has a strong knowledge of the law as reflected by her Avvo posts. I endorse this lawyer."
Child support Attorney | Oct 05
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Family Attorney | Aug 01
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Attorney Iwanyshyn is a tenacious family law attorney. She dedicates herself to every case and will do her very best to secure a favorable outcome for her clients. I endorse this widely respected member of the profession without reservation."
Child custody Attorney | Apr 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Ms. Iwanyshyn. As evidenced by the number of questions she has answered on Avvo, she has a great understanding of the law. One can deduce through her many work experiences that she is a stellar attorney."
Unknown Attorney | Dec 07
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 29
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Alimony Attorney | Nov 26
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Provides quality answers and knowledge to Avvo community"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. I have worked with attorney Iwanyshyn on several matters and she was very professional and her work product was of the highest quality."
Unknown Attorney | Nov 17
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community."
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