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About me

I am a lifelong resident of North Carolina.  I received a B.A. in Political Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Juris Doctorate from Campbell University's Norman A. Wiggins School of Law.  I have handled numerous family law cases since entering the legal profession and am thrilled to be associated with a firm that focuses exclusively on family law issues.  I pride myself on being an attentive and knowledgeable resource for my clients during what is typically a very stressful time in their lives.  I understand that every case is unique and strive to meet the individual needs of my clients by providing competent and compassionate legal representation. When I'm not practicing law, I enjoy traveling with my family and attending my children's sporting events.  


Practice areas


  1. Divorce: 30%
  2. Child Support: 25%
  3. Child Custody: 25%
  4. Uncontested Divorce: 10%
  5. Alimony: 10%


Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Theresa Eileen Viera

    Tara's attention to detail and knowledge of the law provides notable legal advocacy for each and every client. I trust completely in Tara's expertise and caring attitude.


    Theresa Viera Child custody Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • Sean F. McIlveen

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Tara for more than 14 years now and cannot think of anyone that I would be more comfortable representing me in court. Tara is both knowledgeable and compassionate. She truly cares for what is best for her clients and takes their struggles to heart. She is as tenacious in her approach while in court as she is reasoned in her settlement abilities. Any client choosing Tara to represent them will be well cared for and never question that they have someone on their side.


    Sean McIlveen Divorce and separation Attorney
    Relationship: Supervised lawyer

Contact info

McIlveen Family Law Firm

1371-A E. Garrison Blvd.
Gastonia, NC, 28054


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Gaston County VLP Distinguished Service AwardLegal Aid of North Carolina2007
Gaston County VLP Service AwardLegal Aid of North Carolina2006
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Associate AttorneyMcIlveen Family Law Firm2013 - Present
Contract AttorneyBurke County Department of Social Services2011 - 2012
Department AttorneyCatawba County2008 - 2011
Associate AttorneyArthurs & Foltz2001 - 2008
Child Support Enforcement AttorneyGaston County Department of Social Services1999 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Catawba County Bar AssociationAttorney Member2008 - Present
North Carolina Bar AssociationAttorney Member1998 - Present
North Carolina State BarAttorney Member1998 - Present
Gaston County Domestic Rules CommitteeAttorney Member2007 - 2008
Gaston County Bar AssociationSecretary, 20011999 - 2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Campbell University, Norman Adrian Wiggins School of LawLawJ.D.1998
University of North Carolina, Chapel HillPolitical ScienceB.A.1994