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.
- Family Law
- U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
- Plog & Stein P.C.
- 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.
- Douglas/Elbert Bar Association
- Colorado State Bar
- Colorado Bar Association
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- The Consequences of Not Paying Your Colorado Child Support (Part 1)
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- Denver Divorce: Things to Do (or not do) When Thinking About Divorce (Part 1)
26 June 2016
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- 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.
- Q. I have a younger friend who's parents got recently got divorced. Can she seek for her mother to have physical custody?
- A: Your friend's mother would need to take steps to seek custody of her. Depending on your friend's age, the court can consider her wishes. However, in most instances a court is going to be hesitant to directly hear from a child. As such, the normal route would be for her mother to seek the appointment of a Child and Family Investigator who would interview your friend, discuss her wishes and concerns, and then make recommendations to the court.
- Q. im in colorado and my daughter is in texas with her dad. We never married and has had her 4 months and wont let me see
- A: You need to first ascertain which state has jurisdiction. If you are indicating that Colorado has been your child's primary home up until 4 months ago, Colorado would have jurisdiction over your case pursuant to the Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction and Enforcement Act. However, you must take action here before she has been gone for 182 days or more. If you don't jurisdiction will transfer to the other state. Jurisdiction regarding custody follows the child. If you file here you then need to get him served. From there, you have the ability to ask for temporary orders which can entail temporary visitation or custody.
- Q. My son is 18 and a half. Im not sure how to file for divorce in Colorado. Do I file "with children" or "without"?
- A: You would still file the case as "with children." For custody purposes your son is an adult and the court has no jurisdiction over that issue. However, because he is under 19, the court still has jurisdiction for child support purposes. Him being in school or not does not matter, unless he is under 21 and still in high school.
- Q. I am in need of a Parental Responsibilities Evaluator, but I do not have the money to get one. Are there grants or probo
- A: Unfortunately, there is no statutory or rules authority for pro-bono or state paid PRE assistance. However, the court has authority to allocate fees as it sees fit and fair. If the other party in your case makes significantly more than you, the court might order him/her to pay some of the fees. You might want to consider looking into a Child and Family Investigator pursuant to C.R.S. 14-10-116.5. Depending on your income level and financial circumstances the court can authorize the state to pay for your share of a CFI. A CFI cannot perform all duties that a PRE does, but at least you get a fairly thorough assessment.