MAREN FUNK

ATTORNEY

Maren@TGGlawyers.com
704.663.1600

Why I Became a North Carolina Family Law Attorney.

 I started working in a law firm when I was fifteen years old and knew that this is what I wanted to do. I always knew that I wanted to be in the courtroom, and not because it's "fun" and "exciting" but because it's where clients need the most help. The courtroom is an incredibly intimidating place and it's where things can quickly get out of hand. Typically family law clients have everything on the line: their children, their life savings, their income, and their sanity. Not only do you have to be the voice of reason and logic, set realistic expectations and manage your clients when they're letting their emotions get the best of them, but you also have to be sympathetic, forgiving and wildly energetic. Family law genuinely becomes your life, there are emergencies on weekends, there are unexpected court dates with a day's notice and you have to be ready for that and I always knew that this was my calling. 

 I enjoy empowering my clients to show up to the table and negotiate a deal that allows them to write the rest of their story. Settlement isn't always possible, and those tend to be the most emotionally and financially draining cases out there and are far from enjoyable for anyone. Cases where we can get to the table and I can help the client work with the other side to create a situation going forward that gives everyone the best shot at recovering, growing and finding peace are the cases I can enjoy. Life doesn't end with a child custody order, a divorce or dividing up all of your assets. Life goes on, and living with your own terms is much more rewarding than living with the terms dealt to you by a Judge who meets you for the first time on the day of the hearing (and likely never meets your children). 

Practice Areas

- Child custody (including grandparents' rights, termination of parental rights, and cases involving DSS)
- Alimony (including establishment, modification and termination) 
- Equitable Distribution 
- Absolute divorce 
- Prenuptial Agreements and Postnuptial Agreements 
- Property settlement agreements between non-married couples 
- Establishment of paternity 
- Adult adoption 
- Step-parent adoption

Education

The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
          - B.A. in English and Rhetorical Communications 2010
           - J.D. in 2013

Admitted to Practice

- North Carolina, 2013

Professional Affiliations and Community Involvement

- Board Certified Specialist in Family Law 
- Currently serve on the board of Rural Hill, and I've previously served on the boards of the Davidson Community Players, the Lake Norman Chamber Young Professionals and the Lake Norman Community Health Clinic.
- Counselor with Divorce Care for Kids  
- Currently involved with the Lake Norman Chamber of Commerce, the Lake Norman Chamber Young Professionals and the Cornelius Cultural Arts Group.