Allison D. Gaffen

Allison D. Gaffen

Family Law and Criminal Defense Attorney based in Pittsburgh, PA
  • Divorce, Domestic Violence, Family Law ...
  • Pennsylvania
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Practice Areas
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Domestic Violence
Domestic Violence Criminal Defense, Domestic Violence Restraining Orders, Victims Rights , Victims Rights
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Criminal Law
Criminal Appeals, Drug Crimes, Expungement, Fraud, Gun Crimes, Internet Crimes, Sex Crimes, Theft, Violent Crimes
Video Conferencing
  • Skype
  • Credit Cards Accepted
  • Rates, Retainers and Additional Information
    Attorney Gaffen offers flat-fees for the following cases: criminal defense cases, PFA's, and simple support cases.
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
Adjunct Professor
Duquesne University School of Law- Paralegal Institute
- Current
Course: Domestic Law
Attorney at Law
Law Office of Allison Gaffen
- Current
Family Law Intern
Neighborhood Legal Services Association
Certified Legal Intern
Southwestern Pennsylvania Legal Services
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
J.D. (2011)
Seminar Paper: Domestic Violence at the Workplace: An Employer's Liability to Victim Employees; Indep. Study: Collaborative Law and Domestic Violence
Honors: Cum Laude; Civil Litigation Certificate
Activities: Journal of Environmental and Public Health Law; Phi Alpha Delta; Murray S. Love Mock Trial Competition
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Grove City College
B.A. (2008) | Political Science; Psychology; Minor in Family Studies
Honors: Honors in Political Science; Dean's List
Activities: Gamma Chi Sorority; Pan Hellenic Council
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Civil Litigation Certificate
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Professional Associations
ACBA Criminal Law Section
- Current
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Pennsylvania State Bar
- Current
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Allegheny County Bar Association Family Law Section
- Current
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Allegheny County Bar Association
- Current
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Speaking Engagements
Guest Lecturer, Domestic Law: Divorce, Pittsburgh, PA
Duquesne University
Guest Lecturer, Domestic Law: Support, Pittsburgh, PA
Duquesne University
Mental Health First Aid
Mental Health First Aid USA
Certificate of Advanced Study in Civil Litigation
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
Websites & Blogs
Legal Answers
13 Questions Answered
Q. How long does a spouse have to be gone for abandonment
A: Desertion is addressed in 23 Pa.C.S.A. § 3301(a)(1):

§ 3301. Grounds for divorce.

(a) Fault.--The court may grant a divorce to the innocent and injured spouse whenever it is judged that the other spouse has:

(1) Committed willful and malicious desertion, and absence from the habitation of the injured and innocent spouse, without a reasonable cause, for the period of one or more years.

The law can be found in full here:
Q. What is approx cost of standard will, father/mother to their son?
A: For more information about Wills in Pennsylvania, please visit:
Q. What can i do to get my son back and my pfa was violated
A: For more information about PFA's in Pennsylvania, please visit:
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Contact & Map
Law Office of Allison Gaffen
310 Grant Street, Suite 1027
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Telephone: (412) 540-2400
Fax: (412) 540-3355
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