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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- Q. My son has court in Oct for custody of his daughter. Can he move out of state? Mother is in jail
- A: Your son needs to formally request permission to leave the state with the child. He should probably file something with the court, and also mail the mother a copy, indicating that he intends to "remove" the child from Colorado, meaning that it is his intent, once the case is done, to move with the child. The mother should be given notice, as she has the legal right to challenge such a move. Given her criminal trouble and history, it sounds like he has a good chance of prevailing and being able to move. He should consider hiring an attorney to assist him.
- Q. I have been divorced for 28 yrs. In the divorce decree it was ordered that I receive $1 per year in alimony. I didnt
- A: With the orders indicating $1 per year, the court still has jurisdiction over the issue. The standard to modify maintenance (alimony) pursuant to CRS 14-10-122 is that there has been a substantial and continuing change which makes the prior orders regarding maintenance unfair. After 28 years, my concern is that a court is not likely to go back after your ex. It's just too long. More information would be needed to fully asses your situation. You many want to consult with a family law attorney.
- Q. I am a special respondent in a case involving my daughter.
- A: You would have the right to file a motion to intervene in the case involving the 6 months old to seek potential placement with you, or grandparent visitation. As such, you are able to hire an attorney to help you with this issue.
- Q. I have a friend who has a baby with her now ex boyfriend. And she has her mom watching her baby while she is in college.
- A: If there are no court orders in place, the law would indicate that both parents have an equal right to the child. The father, on his own, cannot just come to the house and demand the child. However, if he were to bring police and show he is on the birth certificate, there is a small chance the police might say the child has to be turned over to him. Your friend should think about getting custody established.
- Q. My ex & I were never married. Our son is two. 6 months ago he moved three hours out of state. Now he wants more time.
- A: You should probably hire an attorney to help you. By a home study, I presume you mean the court appointed a child and family investigator. This could be a good thing for you, in that your concerns and how the child reacts to things will be reported to the court. Realistically, a court is not going to continue every other weekend given the distance and travel time. At the same time, a court might say a week away is too long at this age.
- Q. Can these lawyers here defend someone who's ex wants jail time for medical bills we cannot afford fly to Co in short tim
- A: More information is needed to answer this question. If there are orders to pay bills and the bills were not paid, she has the right to seek relief from the court. If she never provided the bills and was required to do so before seeking payment, then he has a defense for not paying. You might consider filing a motion with the court asking to appear by phone. If this is a contempt of court proceeding a court may not grant that. Failing to appear could result in a warrant being issued for his arrest. You really need to confer with a family law attorney to discuss specifics and your options.
- Q. I moved to Colorado Springs 3 year ago with my 7 year old daughter.
- A: No. Just because the mother has had no contact does not mean her rights are forfeited. An attorney would need to know if there are custody orders in place. If there are Missouri orders, this would still be a Missouri case. If no orders, no rights are forfeited, but you are clearly in the driver's seat if you want to formally seek custody.
- Q. If I put unknown 4 father on BC but he pays child support do I need his permission to give temp custody to my father?
- A: Regardless of what is listed on a birth certificate, a court will generally want to know that you made efforts to include the father and/or serve him with papers. Additionally, for him to travel out of the country with your father I presume you need a passport. Maybe you already have one? You might consider trying to discuss the issue with the father first. You could also file for custody, including an agreement with your father, filed with the court, giving him temporary custody and specifically stating the child can go with him. If the father agrees, great. If not, you may have a fight on your hands.
- Q. Can I keep my son?
- A: You can file a motion to change custody of your son, pursuant to CRS 14-10-129. The standard to change primary residence is generally going to either be physical danger or significant emotional impairment affecting the child's development. If there is physical and verbal abuse which you can prove, you may be able to prevail. In the short term, if you can demonstrate the abuse to the court, you can file a Motion to Restrict Parenting Time pursuant to CRS 14-10-129(4) based on "imminent danger" to the child should he be returned to his father. When such a motion is filed, and presuming the court initially shares your concerns, he would stay here until there is a hearing, which must take place within 2 weeks of you filing. You should consult with a family law attorney regarding your facts and circumstances and how to file either motion. Again, you will need to be able to back up your allegations. If you do nothing and just keep your son here you can get in trouble.