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Tara is an Associate Attorney at the McIlveen Family Law Firm serving Gaston, Mecklenburg, and a multitude of surrounding counties. Tara is dedicated to representing families in child custody, divorce, child support, post separation support, alimony, equitable distribution, mediation, separation agreements, and more. She knows each case is unique and believes the most powerful tool she can provide to her clients is knowledge of the law so they are able to make informed and educated decisions during some of the most difficult times in their lives.


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 25%
  2. Child Custody: 25%
  3. Family: 25%
  4. Alimony: 15%
  5. Child Support: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Ross Brenton Russell

    Tara is an excellent attorney. She is a fierce advocate for her clients and has earned the respect of the entire legal community. I endorse this lawyer without reservation.


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  • Travis John Owen

    Miss Harrwood is an exceptional attorney who fights for her clients. I would recommend her services to anyone in need.


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Contact info

McIlveen Family Law Firm

174 S. South Street
Suite 301
Gastonia, NC, 28052

McIlveen Family Law Firm

1704 East Boulevard
Charlotte, NC, 28203



We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Outstanding Clinical StudentClinical Legal Education Association2012
Certificate of Achievement for 75+ Hours of Pro Bono WorkNorth Carolina Bar Association2012
People Helping PeopleState Employee's Credit Union2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyMcIlveen Family Law Firm2015 - Present
Contract AttorneyHall, Lamb & Hall, PA2014 - 2015
Assistant District AttorneyJudicial District 19B2013 - 2014
Student AttorneyHumanitarian Immigration Law Clinic2012 - 2012
Legal InternGuilford County District Attorney's Office2011 - 2011
Student AttorneyElon University Wills Drafting Clinic2011 - 2011
Legal InternChildren's Law Center of Central NC2010 - 2010
Association namePosition nameDuration
Charlotte Women AttrorneysAttorney Member2016 - Present
American Bar Association, Young Lawyers DivisionAttorney Member2016 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationAttorney Member2015 - Present
North Carolina Bar Association, Family Law SectionAttorney Member2015 - Present
Gaston County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2015 - Present
North Carolina State BarAttorney Member2012 - Present
Randolph County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2013 - 2014
American Bar Association, Law Student DivisionStudent Member2009 - 2012
Phi Alpha DeltaStudent Member2009 - 2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Elon University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor2012
East Carolina UniversityBusiness AdministrationBS - Bachelor of Science2009