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Debra R. Mehaffie - Mechanicsburg, PA

5000 Ritter RoadSuite 202 Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Updated: 10/18/2018

Mechanicsburg Family Lawyer

Overview

Mrs. Mehaffie is passionate about helping others. Her life experiences as a former single mother and now as a grandparent provide her with a personal understanding of the many challenges single parents and grandparents face. She is also passionate about advocating for her brother and others impacted by autism. She has strong ties to her community, and is a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

She received a B.A...

Mrs. Mehaffie is passionate about helping others. Her life experiences as a former single mother and now as a grandparent provide her with a personal understanding of the many challenges single parents and grandparents face. She is also passionate about advocating for her brother and others impacted by autism. She has strong ties to her community, and is a native of Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

She received a B.A. in Elementary Education from the Pennsylvania State University in 1997, and later graduated from the Widener University School of Law in 2003. During law school she interned for the Pennsylvania Attorney General’s Office in the Insurance Fraud Division where she evaluated referrals. She also worked as a law clerk for a private law firm focusing on family law matters. After graduating from law school, she worked in the private sector on a variety of legal matters before deciding to concentrate exclusively in family law matters.

Mrs. Mehaffie concentrates in family law and practices throughout Central Pennsylvania, including Adams, Dauphin, Cumberland, Perry, Lebanon, Lancaster, Mifflin, Juniata, Northumberland, and York counties.

She is a member of the Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section, Dauphin County Bar Association Family Law Section and Cumberland County Bar Association Family Law Section. She has served as conflict counsel for the Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas representing parents facing termination of their parental rights. She is a past member of the Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania and past member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals. She has also served as a volunteer mediator for Neighborhood Dispute Settlement. She has lectured for the Dauphin County Bar Association and National Business Institute on a variety of family law issues.

About Debra R. Mehaffie

Practice Areas

  • Family 100%
  • Divorce
  • Child Custody
  • High Conflict Custody Cases
  • Grandparent Custody & Visitation
  • Step-Parent Adoption
  • Child Support
  • Spousal Support/Alimony Pendente Lite and Alimony
  • Property Distribution
  • Prenuptial Agreements
  • Marital Settlement Agreements

Qualifications

Bar Admissions

  • Pennsylvania, 2003
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Pennsylvania

Other Affiliations

  • Pennsylvania Bar Association, Family Law Section (Member)
  • Dauphin County Bar Association, Family Law Section (Member)
  • Cumberland County Bar Association, Family Law Section (Co-Chair)
  • Collaborative Professionals of Central Pennsylvania (Past Member)
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals (Past Member)
  • Cumberland County Bar Association, Family Law Section (Member)

Education

  • Widener University School of Law, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, 2003
    J.D.
    Honors: Winner, Moot Court Honor Society Competition, 2003
  • Pennsylvania State University, 1997
    B.A.
    Major: Elementary Education

Past Positions

  • Law Office of Robert S. Mirin, Associate, 2003 - 2007
  • Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General, 2002 - 2003
  • Office of Pennsylvania Attorney General, Insurance Fraud Division, Legal Intern
  • Pannebaker & Jones, P.C., Law Clerk, 2001 - 2002
  • Scaringi & Scaringi, Associate, 2007 - 2010
  • Hynum Law, Associate, 2010 - 2016
  • Dauphin County Court of Common Pleas, Conflict Counsel

Pro Bono Activities

  • Autism Society of Greater Harrisburg Area, Past Board Member
  • Neighborhood Dispute Settlement, Volunteer

Classes and Seminars

  • Lecturer, Family Law, National Business Institute
  • Presenter, Special Needs Trusts, Autism Society of Greater Harrisburg Area
  • Lecturer, Family Law, Dauphin County Bar Association

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Address

5000 Ritter RoadSuite 202 Mechanicsburg, PA 17055

Fax

  • 717-790-6019

Accepts Credit Cards

Yes

Office Hours

Evening and Weekend

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Opinion: If you choose Debra Mehaffie as your counsel, you will find she generates new problems versus solving them. She is unethical, lackadaisical, and unprofessional. The rules of the courts and her code of ethics are only applicable when she chooses. She often spoke to me in a demeaning manner. If you retain her, expect to hear about her personal problems. I am a woman of respect so I won't disclose what personal problems she shared with me, but it doesn't reflect well on a family law attorney. It was comforting (facetious) when right before my custody conciliation began, she told me the custody conciliator assigned to my case is a hot mess. She caused my simple custody case to drag on unnecessarily for weeks, which added strife to a situation which was already stressful. This perpetuated my custody case, causing my family more stress, heartache, and dismay. Thankfully, there are plenty of other family law attorneys in central PA, who have better moral compasses, solid ethics, and who will be respectful in every interaction with you. Spend your hard earned money somewhere else!

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