Dawn Renee Gould

Dawn Renee Gould

GouldLaw, LLC
  • Divorce, Family Law
  • Maryland
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Ms. Gould was a prosecutor for the Frederick County State’s Attorney’s Office for over 10 years prosecuting child support cases from the establishment phase to the enforcement phase. She was also the Legal Liaison for the State’s Attorney’s Office Child Support Division with the Non-Custodial Parent Employment Program and the Frederick County Workforce Services, both of which assisted individuals in breaking barriers to obtaining employment.

Ms. Gould also has a background in drafting legislation as she was a policy analyst for the State Legislature, Maryland General Assembly, Department of Legislative Services.

Ms. Gould is a Member of the Maryland State Bar Association, the Frederick County Bar Association, the Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, the Women's Business Network in Frederick County, and the Frederick Professionals Networking Group. She is also a Board Member of the Delaplaine Arts Center located in Frederick County and volunteers there on her free time. She also volunteers with various outreach programs that serve the homeless and those in poverty.

Ms. Gould received her law degree from Hamline University, School of Law, in St. Paul, MN, and received her undergraduate degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, MD.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
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Professional Experience
GouldLaw, LLC
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Frederick County State's Attorney's Office - Child Support Division
Hamline University School of Law
J.D. (1999)
Professional Associations
Frederick County Chamber of Commerce
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Delaplaine Arts Center
Board Member
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Bar Association of Frederick County, MD
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Maryland State Bar
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17 Questions Answered

Q. we have joint custody but the mother has physical custody. Can you move out of state with our 8 year old?
A: It depends upon what your court order states regarding custody/access and moving. If you have custody/access and her move disrupts/hinders it, then you can file contempt because your access/custody rights have been violated. Carefully read your court order. If you don't have a court order, I would file for a custody order.
Q. Chance of full custody if sons father hasn’t been a part in over a year and has shown no interest of being a part
A: No attorney can guarantee what a court will do. Custody involves many factors and it also depends upon what is testified to at trial by you, him, and witnesses, if there is a trial. Much more information would be needed to assess the probability of you getting court ordered physical and legal custody. You may also try to resolve it through agreement rather than litigation. An attorney can draft a custody agreement and see if he signs it, then file it with the court. But again, too many unknowns to determine outcome at this point.
Q. Is there anything mother can do about father allowing child to miss 2 days school for a visit? She has tie breaker.
A: That's really a loaded question. It depends upon what your custody agreement states regarding access/visitation. If the mother of the child has tie-breaker regarding access/visitation then yes, she can file contempt if you don't bring the child back, again, depending upon what your order states. Additionally, if the child misses school without the mother's permission and the child is in your custody then that can be seen as an additional cause for contempt. An attorney may better assist you with understanding your court order.
Q. can childsupport be increased if child no longer lives with father, who had joint custody. (kicked child out his house)
A: Yes. You can file a motion to modify child support but be prepared to prove with evidence that the child is no longer staying the requisite overnights. As a cautionary measure, I would also file a motion to modify custody. The courts may very well not modify child support until the custody is finalized, additionally, you wouldn't an order for custody with joint custody if that's not what's occurring. Child support and custody are always modifiable and you need to prove that a material change of circumstances has occurred, i.e. sole custody vs joint custody and that child support overnights has changed.
Q. I was separated from my husband 9years. I am ready to get a divorce. I don't know where he lives; however, I know where
A: You can do that yes. Most attorneys also have contacts with private process servers to serve papers which isn't as "shocking" as having a sheriff show up. Private process servers often cost the same as a sheriff ($40 +/-)
Q. Husband left Jan 2019. I'm willing to wait 12 months; however, he is moving out of state. Refuses no-fault option
A: I would file for divorce ASAP so that you can serve him while he is still living here. He will then have to return here for any and all court dates. You can file for a limited divorce if you don't meet the grounds for an absolute divorce and then upon meeting any ground for absolute divorce, you just amend the original pleading.
Q. MD vs VA
A: She can register it another state to enforce, but that state will abide by MD law when modifying it. MD law controls.
Q. My husband hasn't forced my daughter to finish school (homeschool) she's 19 and I'm still paying child support.
A: Not true. If the child is 18 and still enrolled in school, then yes, but once the child turns 19 your obligation stops. HOWEVER, if you have a court order to pay, it does not stop automatically, you should file a motion to terminate child support based on the fact that she is 19. If you have an agreement between the two of you and NOT a court order, then you pay according to your agreement, you can still file to set aside the agreement though.
Q. Expungement
A: This is the link for the brochure on how to expunge records. You can also hire a lawyer to do it for you. More often than not, it's just filling out paperwork and filing it with the court agencies. https://www.courts.state.md.us/sites/default/files/import/accesstojustice/pdfs/04redexpungementbrochure2015.pdf
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