Stephen J. Plog

Stephen J. Plog

Denver Divorce and Custody Attorneys
  • Divorce, Family Law
  • Colorado
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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.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
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Professional Experience
Quinnipiac University School of Law
Honors: American Jurisprudence Award, Legal Writing
New Mexico State University
Honors: Also completed coursework towards general government degree and supplemental pre-law minor.
Professional Associations
Douglas/Elbert Bar Association
Colorado State Bar
Colorado Bar Association
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430 Questions Answered

Q. My ex is trying to get a modification of child support claiming he had the kids exclusively which is a lie.
A: More information is needed to fully assess your situation. If kids are not with him he doesn't get child support moving forward and may owe child support going backwards. He might have a basis for retroactivity tied into your son and I do mean "might" only. You need to consult with a family law attorney. He does have things he would need to prove. If he has filed a motion you need to make sure to file your response on time.
Q. "My last child on the support has turned 19. How do I terminate my support order?
A: If your wages are not being garnished, there is nothing you need to do. You just stop paying. If they are being garnished, you should first talk to payroll or HR to let them know last child has turned 19. If the support order says it stops when last child turns 19 they might be willing to just go off of that. If they indicate you need a court order you will need to file a motion indicating all kids are emancipated and that garnishment should stop. In that motion you should also request reimbursement from the other parent for any support garnished between 19 and time garnishment is terminated.
Q. How do I petition for full custody without a lawyer?
A: If you are wanting to file without a lawyer, you can get instructions and forms in the self help section of the state Judicial Branch website. If you are looking for an assessment of whether you will get "full custody," more information is needed. If by "full custody" you mean the child primarily living with you, based on the facts you've presented, it looks like you are in pretty good shape for that. Decision-making is a different story. If you do file a case the court is going to give him set parenting time, if he requests it. For a more thorough assessment you should consult with a child custody attorney.
Q. Do I have to get approval to go on a vacation out of state?
A: If there are no custody orders in place and no pending custody case you do not need his permission to go. You have informed him, which is good, though didn't technically even need to do that. If you just moved to PA that might be a different story. Have a great vacation.
Q. What if spouse during divorce lies about the appraisal value of the house to give less to the other person? I have proof
A: Some of this depends on how long ago the divorce was done. If within 182 days, you may be able to seek relief under CRCP Rule 60 based on fraud. You might also be able to reopen the case as to the property issue for up to 5 years pursuant to C.R.C.P. Rule 16.2. More information is needed to fully assess your situation. She is not going to get in trouble in some sort of criminal or punitive sense for lying to you, but could have to pay you $ tied into the home. You should consult with a divorce attorney to assess the specifics of your case and this issue in more detail.
Q. Do I get custody of my son if me and my boyfriend of eight years are not legally married?
A: A lot more information is needed to determine whether you would get custody of your son. You not being married would not be a basis for you to have sole or full custody. Financial considerations will not keep a parent from having decision-making or visitation with a child. If he is unable to provide a safe, stable home for the child, that may help if you are seeking to be the primary parent, meaning the parent with whom the child resides a majority of the time. To get a thorough assessment of your case you need to consult with a family law attorney, as there is a lot more that needs to be discussed. In terms of getting him out of your house, you need to consult an eviction attorney or post a question in that section of the website. Evicting him would not be a custody or family law matter.
Q. I have separated from my wife for over 15 years, no kids. I purchased a house 2 years after the separation, so do I need
A: The sworn financial statement requires you to list all assets you have, not just ones acquired before separation. That does not mean arguments cannot be made as to what is marital, what is fair, etc, but you are required to list everything.
Q. My daughter’s father has not had any contact with her for a year. Can his rights be terminated?
A: Termination of parental rights means that the actual parent/child tie is cut and he would no longer mean he is the father. That would also mean he pays no support. His rights cannot be terminated unless as part of adoption proceedings or tied into a DHS case. If the question is whether all of his visitation he never takes can be take away, the answer is yes. However, he could always come back to reestablish it down the road. You should consult with a family law attorney.
Q. Joint custody/decision making to full after non-cust parent doesn't see child for 8 years? They are current on support.
A: If he has had nothing to do with child, refuses to provide phone number, address, or way to communicate, it seems that you would have a good shot at modifying decision-making to sole. Additionally, parenting time could also be modified. Not sure what you mean by "take her to his state" other than tied into parenting time. Until a child turns 18, the court always has jurisdiction to modify and he could take a shot at getting time reestablished. You should consult with a family law attorney to discuss your case in specifics.
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