As one of the co-founders of Plog & Stein P.C., Stephen J. Plog is a highly skilled Denver divorce lawyer who truly cares about helping his clients successfully resolve family law issues. The Chicago native has handled cases in all the district courts of the Denver metropolitan area, which has allowed him to gain unique and invaluable experience in regards to how judges tend to rule on certain matters. If you need help with a family law case, he is the kind of lawyer you want advocating on your behalf. He is admitted to practice in the state of Colorado and the U.S. District Court for District of Colorado. He creates unique strategies to reflect the unique nature of each case he accepts. A graduate of Quinnipiac University School of Law, Attorney Plog is a member of the Colorado Bar Association and the Douglas / Elbert Bar Association. In his free time, he enjoys spending time with his family, playing golf, and traveling. Wish to speak to Attorney Plog about your family law case? Contact our firm today for an initial consultation! He can help you better understand the options that are available to you before you decide to move forward with your family law matter.
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- Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Writing
- New Mexico State University
- Honors: Also completed coursework towards general government degree and supplemental pre-law minor.
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- Ramifications of Accepting Financial Assistance In Your Colorado Family Law Case
20 February 2017
- Denver Custody: Differing Parenting Time Schedules
14 February 2017
- The Duty of Financial Disclosure in Your Colorado Divorce Case
5 February 2017
- Military Service and your Colorado Family Law Case (Part 2)
31 January 2017
- Denver Custody: False Allegations of Abuse and Violence (Part 1)
24 January 2017
- Denver Child Support: Statutory Changes, Overnights, and Deviation from Guidelines
16 January 2017
- Parenting Time Exchanges in Colorado (Part 2)
3 January 2017
- Military Service and Your Colorado Family Law Case (Part 1)
23 December 2016
- Parenting Time Exchanges in Colorado (Part 1)
15 December 2016
- Q. Do temporay orders turn to perminate orders?
- A: Not normally, no. However, if you were told by the court that the temporary orders would be made permanent, maybe that is what happened. You should check with the court to see if the temporary orders have been made permanent or are still in effect. In most instances, once temporary orders are entered, the court's expectation is that the parties will proceed towards the entry of permanent order, whether through settlement or a court hearing. In most instances, courts will dismiss a case if there is not progress towards making a permanent order. That being said, some cases slip through the cracks.
- Q. How is the dollar figure decided for child support ?
- A: The basic figures going into a child support calculation are the incomes of the parties, number of children, parenting time, health insurance, and child care costs. A child having mental illness, per se, would not be a basis to increase child support. However, if circumstances have changes, such as you are unable to work to care for the child, that could be a factor. Though not child support, per se, if there are health, counseling, or medication costs which are regular and recurring you might be able to get those built into a child support calculation. If not regular and recurring, the other side should still be one the hook in terms of paying his/her income proportionate share of those expenses, presuming you have orders in place regarding such.
- Q. Can I be compensated by the court for medical bills for children not being paid by father?
- A: If the court orders indicate he is to pay a percentage and he is not doing so then, yes, you can ask the court to order him to pay. This holds true for bills even sent to collections. An attorney would need to see your specific orders as to all terms tied into the payment of bills to assess what is the best way to proceed with the court in terms of what type of motion to file. You should also check your orders to see if there is a certain amount of time you are given to provide him a bill. Finally, you will need to have proof that you sent him the bills for which you are seeking reimbursement.
- Q. Is there a law preventing parent from taking child out of state for trip?
- A: If there are no court orders in place prohibiting you from taking your child out of town for a quick trip, and there is no custody or divorce case pending at this time in the courts, then you re absolutely fine to take your child on an out of state trip and will not be in violation of anything.
- Q. My daughter will be off to college this Sept. As the non-custodial parent, do I have to pay for her tuition and what not
- A: You do not have to pay for college. Your only obligation would be to continue to pay for child support until she turns 19. If your ex-wife files a motion to modify child support based on changed income or parenting time, then you would have to deal with that, but nothing more. Statute actually indicates that starting in 1997, unless there parties agreed in the orders regarding college costs then the court cannot do anything related to college. Additionally, if she did try to modify the child support college costs would have nothing to do with it. Thus, you have nothing to worry about on this issue and should be fine.
- Q. My ex-wife filed a motion to modify parenting time. I received a date for status conference, any papers I need to prep?
- A: As long as you filed your response within 21 days of the motion you have complied with the first mandatory step. Not sure what county your case is in? As this is a motion to modify parenting time there is nothing you really need to have prepared for the status conference. In most counties, that conference will be with a family court facilitator, not a judge, who will discuss next steps, deadlines, etc. You should make sure your proper address is on file with the court should the court send anything out to you.
- Q. If I feel I have over paid my support order last year, how do i go about getting back the overages?
- A: Do you mean you are overpaying or have you actually paid more than you had to? If you believe you are overpaying because the order is too high you would need to file a motion to modify. If you mean you actually overpaid, you should first ask the other parent to pay you back. If they are unwilling to do so you have a couple of options. If you pay directly and can absolutely, 1000% prove you overpaid, then you could certainly withhold from future payments until the overage is made up. You would not be in violation of the orders because you could count the over payment as having just pre-paid, or paid earlier. If you are being garnished and the other parent refuses you will have to file a motion with the court to get the excess back.
- Q. I have full custody of my daughter and my sister is keeping her from me an won't give her back toko she is threating me.
- A: If police won't do anything your legal option is to file a court case as soon as possible. If your daughter is school age you can certainly just go pick her up at school. Beyond that you may need to seek assistance of the court to deal with this.
- Q. No temporary order papers just verbal no legal paperwork on next court date just verbal got our court day wrong mised
- A: You need to consult with an attorney ASAP, as deadlines are ticking. You may be able to file a motion under Colorado Rules of Civil Procedure Rule 59 or 60, seeking to have the court either amend the order or perhaps set a new hearing. You will need to demonstrate why you weren't there, which would generally have to be tied into extreme circumstances or you not receiving actual notice of the hearing.