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Debra Rae Mehaffie

Child custody Attorney at Mechanicsburg, PA

4.5   25 reviews
  • Licensed for 20 years
    State PA
    Acquired 2003
    Status
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About Debra

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EXPERIENCED, AGGRESSIVE FAMILY LAW ATTORNEY WHO LISTENS TO YOU AND FIGHTS FOR YOUR RIGHTS.

Family Law Attorney who believes that each client deserves individualized attention. Prior to attending law school, I taught elementary school and assisted women in a work release facility. My clients benefit from my passion for justice, knowledge of the law, as well as my life experiences and practical approach.

I provide my clients with aggressive representation. I also offer clients choices in how they wish to have their cases handled. I have been trained in mediation and collaborative law, which are alternative dispute resolution models that give parties the option of resolving problems without involving the courts. I am also a trained Parent Coordinator and can assist in high conflict child custody cases.

 

Practice areas: Divorce, child custody, child support, alimony, spousal support, protection from abuse, prenuptial agreements, separation agreements, juvenile matters, dependency matters, and appeals.

 

Services: Litigation, Mediation, Parent Coordination, Collaborative Law

Awards

Top Contributor 2016,2015
Top Contributor
2016 2015

Location

Law Office of Debra R. Mehaffie
5000 Ritter Road
Suite 202
Mechanicsburg, PA, 17055

Reviews

4.5 / 5.0
  25 customer reviews
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Posted by anonymous | June 10, 2012
Top-notch, knowledgeable, no-nonsense attorney
Ms. Mehaffie is representing me in my divorce. I knew quickly during our initial consult that she was a top-notch, knowledgeable, no-nonsense attorney, which was what I needed. She has been sufficiently compassionate given my specific life circumstances, and simultaneously does not dwell on the emotional aspects of my situation, but focuses on the legal aspects. She has provided solid advice, explaining divorce and custody law in a lucid and sensible way, and she has always made herself available to me. In addition, she does not and would not back down from the toughest of adversaries, which makes her above average.
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Posted by anonymous | May 10, 2012
My attorney is a winner
Deb has gone above and beyond in my case - a most difficult one. Her advice to me has been spot on and our level of success has been beyond my expectations. She has always taken the time to explain issues to me and listens to my concerns and opinions. Beyond that, she has added support from a personal standpoint that makes me consider her my friend as well as my attorney.
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Posted by anonymous | February 13, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
So grateful
Very grateful to have found Deb to help me through my divorce process. What could have been a long drawn out scenario, was actually a quick process with all loose ends tied up pretty fast.
Posted by Greg | February 2, 2023
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Friendly
Very patient. She took her time to explain things and answer all our questions.
Posted by Kathleen Stech | September 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
EXCELLENT LAWYER!!!!
Deb is professional, caring and precise! She's very good at what she does. I would hire her again!
Response from Debra Mehaffie January 4, 2021
Thank you so much!
Posted by Nicole | July 15, 2019
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent for Complicated Custody Situations
Very pleased with hiring Deb. She shows clients individualized attention and responds to all matters promptly. Most importantly she stands her ground. Excellent!
Response from Debra Mehaffie January 4, 2021
Thank you so much for your honest positive feedback!
Posted by Christine | April 13, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Ready to represent you
Deb works hard for you. She understands the law, but doesn't hesitate to dig deep to work hard in your/your child's best interest. I had other lawyers that were passive and maybe more going through the motions, but not Deb, she's in it 100 percent for you.
Response from Debra Mehaffie January 4, 2021
Thankyou Christine! Your feedback is greatly appreciated!
Posted by Becky | April 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Best lawyer!
I hired Debra for a child custody case and she has been nothing but knowledgeable, kind and very compassionate towards my difficult case. In the beginning and throughout this process she has been very clear and easy to discuss the approach. She answers my calls and emails instantly. She is extremely professional and I would recommend her to all of my family and friends.
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Response from Debra Mehaffie January 4, 2021
Thank you Becky! I am so happy to help you!
Posted by anonymous | April 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Passionate about her work
I contacted Debra Mehaffie after having been referred to her by one of her previous clients. I had de facto primary custody of my son for his entire life, during which time his father struggled with addiction and had been in and out of rehab. I had hired Michael Trimmer, from Kelly Parker and Cohen Law offices, and had a very bad experience with him being ill-prepared at hearings and being uneducated about the requirements of relocation. This, in turn, led me to be ignorant of the legal custody process at trial and now am faced with losing primary custody and a denied relocation. I needed a fighter- a “bull-dog lawyer” that wouldn’t back down- someone that didn’t sugar-coat reality or ignore the potential negative consequences of a legal misstep during a custody battle. I needed someone with grit... and Deb has just that. I needed someone who believed in me and would fight to make things right- for my 4-year old son. Although we are not through the entire process yet, I know, without a doubt, that Deb is going to fight for me and my son. She is extremely passionate and driven and although that can be construed sometimes as uneccesarily harsh- it’s entirely worth it. Her knowledge of law, her logical thought process and recommendations are all very established. If the justice system has forced you into a corner and you need an expert- I would recommend Deb Mehaffie.
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Response from Debra Mehaffie January 4, 2021
Thank your for taking the time to share this honest review!
Posted by Sean | April 11, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Sean
I was given Deb's name from a friend when i was in the need of a good lawyer and it was a good choice, She has been a great lawyer and looks out for my every need in all the fields of service, She is down to earth and caring, She is very knowledgeable and fights for you, She is very good at her job, I would highly recommend Deb to any of my friends and family
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Response from Debra Mehaffie January 4, 2021
Thank you Sean!
Posted by Aaron | June 30, 2017
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Pro bono case
Debra mehaffie picked up my case from the bar association, she did great on my child custody case. I would recommend her to anyone. She was honest, respectable, and forthcoming on my situation.
Posted by A.J. | May 19, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Hire Debra Mehaffie
Since my initial consultation for separation and divorce in December 2014 through the present custody issues Debra mehaffie continues to consistently provide effective efforts and advice in my case. Each step in the process she has made sure I get the most value the best use of her time. Debra's experienced advice allowed me to confidently make the many heavy decisions required during difficult circumstances for my family. We achieved great results. Specifically : - I secured a PFA against my now ex wife - I retained occupancy and possession of the family home. - I got 50/50 physical and legal custody of my children. - I was advised and protected from an unfounded investigation from Child and Youth Services, Dauphin County - I received a fair reduction in support amount and expenses in response to a filing with the Domestic Relation Office for an increase. Debra has demonstrated not only her knowledge of the legal requirements but also a familiarity with the individuals required to carry out the tasks. This is valuable to all her clients. I'm very happy to have Debra Mehaffie representing me.
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Posted by Stephen | May 17, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent representation and advocacy
Attorney Mehaffie has proven herself an excellent choice in handling my divorce. When selecting an attorney I had great concerns regarding my custody rights, financial issues and costs. Attorney Mehaffie was able to address these concerns to my satisfaction. In practice and proceedings, she has been able to represent my rights with great care and thoughtfulness. I have been repeatedly impressed with her professionalism, timeliness, advocacy and concern for my case. I personally recommend her as counsel for anyone who finds themselves facing a family law issue.
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Posted by Sean | May 12, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Very pleased
I am very pleased with the great sevice i have received from Deb, she has been an extremely huge help for me and continues to be there for me as my lawyer, I would refer her to all of my friends and family, she is very professional and is very knowledgeable with my case. Thank you Deb
Posted by anonymous | October 4, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Review of My Attorney's Performance in Divorce Case
She took the case from another attorney and performed due diligence to complete this divorce quickly and fairly. I definitely would recommend her as an attorney.
Posted by Candace | September 22, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Thorough approach handling teen custody
A friend of mine who is an attorney told me about Ms.Mehaffie after I informed her that I was in a pickle having wasted 6 weeks with another attorney who I felt was not handling my case with care and left me feeling very uneasy. I fired the other attorney and hired Ms.Mehaffie. I am absolutely confident that I made the right decision in doing so. Ms.Mehaffie assured me that she could make the scheduled custody hearing when I hired her a few weeks prior after terminating my previous attorney. Ms.Mehaffie was up front, honest and direct in her approach which I found to be comforting. I had no surprises, she kept me in the loop on all matters, provided helpful consult and kept things moving along smoothly. I was confident and assured while working with her that I was in good hands. It was a pleasure with to work with a capable, intelligent woman, and her staff, who knew exactly how to help me in my situation. She turned an extremely stressful situation into one that was managable with her expertise. I highly recommend her for custody matters.
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Posted by Samir | September 21, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Amazing lawyer
I am so happy that I chose Mrs Mehaffie as she is a nice smart person and excellent attorney. I strongly recommend her and deeply trust that she will do everything she can to help.
Posted by Dustin | May 18, 2016
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Family law is confusing. Know when to get help. Attorney Mehaffie helped me.
She answered all my questions about my support case, arrived to represent me on time, and helped negotiate my support agreement eliminating hidden fees that the average person would not know about. I would hire her again.
Posted by anonymous | July 6, 2015
Satisfied Support Client
Mrs. Mehaffie is an assertive professional who is competent in her field and compassionate as an individual. Her ability to retain personal knowledge about your case and correlate that with her professional knowledge is impressive. She represented me in a support case recently and I was very satisfied. Any questions I had were answered in a timely manner either by her or by one of the courteous staff members at Hynum Law. On the day of my hearing Mrs.Mehaffie was on time and prepared she also maintained a positive and supportive demeanor. She delivered the facts accordingly and defended me justly. My hearing had the right outcome and I am still in contact with Mrs. Mehaffie about pursuing a custody matter. To anyone who is seeking help for a support or custody issue I highly recommend Mrs.Mehaffie as your attorney.
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Posted by Eric | February 21, 2013
Dependable, Knowledgeable, Committed, and Friendly
Mrs. Mehaffie did an excellent job with my divorce, and her friendly demeanor is what sets her above and beyond other lawyers. Anytime I had a question or a problem it was addressed immediately. All my family still resides in Pennsylvania along with friends, everyone knows of my divorce and asks me "I need a lawyer, who do you recommend", my response is always "Mrs. Mehaffie".
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Cost

Rates
  • Retainer Always
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 9.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Owner / Attorney
  • Law Office of Debra R. Mehaffie
  • 2016 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Hynum Law
  • 2010 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Scaringi & Scaringi
  • 2008 - 2010
  • Attorney
  • Robert S. Mirin
  • 2003 - 2008
  • Intern
  • Pa Attorney General Office
  • 2001 - 2003
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Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg PA
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2003

Associations

  • Mechanicsburg Chamber of Commerce
  • 2017 - Present
  • Cumberland County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2016 - Present
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • Family Law Section
  • 2003 - Present
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, Family Law Section
  • Executive Committee Member
  • 2003 - Present
  • Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania
  • N/A
  • West Shore Chamber of Commerce
  • N/A
  • Juvenile Subcommittee - Dauphin County Bar
  • Committee Member
  • N/A
  • Harrisburg Regional Chamber of Commerce
  • 2016 - 2016
  • Autism Society of Harrisburg
  • Board of Directors
  • 2012 - 2016
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Review Rated 4.1 of 5
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2016
  • Pro Bono Award
  • Dauphin County Bar Association
  • 2013
  • Winner of Moot Court Competition
  • Widener University School of Law
  • 2003

Speaking Engagements

  • Advanced Family Law CLE
  • Advanced Family Law
  • 2016
  • Autism Society of Harrisburg
  • Special Needs Trusts
  • 2011

Attorney endorsements

Received (7)
Given (10)
Endorse Debra
Family Attorney | Jan 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I had the privilege of working Attorney Mehaffie as opposing counsel on a matter, and furthered work relationship as collogue in the family law community. Attorney Mehaffie is a competent and knowledgeable advocate who also brings a level of compassion and understanding to her clients' needs. I endorse Attorney Mehaffie."
Family Attorney | Apr 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Deb consistently provides personal and top notch service to her clients, and gets results. Extremely knowledgeable and respected in her field, Deb is a great choice for any family law matter."
Child custody Attorney | Jun 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Ms. Mehaffie's knowledgeable answers to several legal questions posted on this site illustrate both her copious knowledge and her passion for the cases she accepts. I would not hesitate to refer anyone to this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | May 06
Relationship: Other
"I endorse this lawyer."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 22
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Her reputation for integrity, outstanding advocacy and care for her clients is well known in multiple counties in Pennsylvania."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Dec 21
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer."
Child custody Attorney | May 28
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Recently, I attended a seminar relating to child custody and dependency issues developed by Attorney Mehaffie. She is knowledgeable about her practice area, uses resources well, and truly cares about her clients."
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Mechanicsburg Child custody Lawyer Debra Rae Mehaffie
Debra Rae Mehaffie
Child custody Attorney
Mechanicsburg, PA
Licensed for 20 years