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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361 Questions Answered

Q. Can CPS take a child out of the home for domestic violence. The police has been called over 20 times within a yr.
A: If CPS becomes involved and determines that a Dependency and Neglect case needs to be opened, then you would have opportunity to intervene in that case, as an interested party. Domestic violence can be a basis for CPS to become involved.
Q. My daughter is 18 years old and has graduated high school, she starts college soon. Am I still obligated to pay support?
A: Your daughter is not automatically emancipated and more information is needed to thoroughly answer your question or assess your situation. Child support in Colorado ends at 19. If your daughter is self sufficient and will not be receiving money from her mother there is a possibility you could have her declared emancipated for child support purposes, which would necessitate the filing of a motion. However, if her mother is providing financial assistance and/or your daughter will be living with her on breaks, etc., for more than 30 days in a calendar year, then emancipation becomes much less likely. Again, there is nothing automatic and until something is done through the court you would need to continue paying.
Q. I'm in a common law divorce in Colorado. I want to know if I'm entitled to my 1/2 of everything?
A: If you are in a common law marriage, the same rules and laws tied into divorce in a traditional marriage would apply. Under the law, you are entitled to an equitable division of marital assets, not automatically 1/2. That being said, 1/2 is the norm in most cases. Dividing up are retirement account is something that is done after a decree of dissolution of marriage enters, not before. Thus, a court would not require him to transfer funds until after, nor would most plans allow such a transfer prematurely. Before you sign anything you should consult with a family law attorney, including for purposes of reviewing whatever documents he wants you to sign.
Q. Can a Step-mom, get away with claiming to be legal guardian of my 12 yo daughter without any legal documentation?
A: I suppose that he could grant her authority to gather documents for him. I cannot say that this is a violation of the joint decision making provisions. I he has not given her express authority to do so on his behalf, but rather she is posing as the child's legal guardian, I think this is an issue you need to discuss with the medical company(ies).
Q. I have two questions concerning IRS treatment of Colorado maintenance.
A: In a normal setting, maintenance would terminate on the death of either party. In a contractual, non-modifiable setting, it should, too. However, to be safe and exact, you should make sure the agreement indicates that it terminates on the death of either party. If you are the payer, also make sure to include language that it terminates on remarriage of the recipient. As to the tax question, most family law attorneys are going to be hesitant to answer such unless it is basic. Your question goes a little beyond basic and you should either post the question in the tax section and/or contact a CPA to discuss.
Q. Can the primary parent cancel child support?
A: More information is needed to even begin to answer your question. As such, the answer at this point in time can only be maybe.
Q. I missed mediation and one initial status conference, if I miss the next initial status conference, what can happen?
A: If this is just a custody or divorce case between 2 parties, your parenting rights cannot/will not be terminated. They can be terminated in an adoption or social services case. You cannot start your own case, as this will be the case in which custody and visitation are decided. If you choose to not participate, the court will enter the orders he wants tied into visitation and custody. You will always have the option to seek to modify the orders up until the child turns 18. However, failing to deal with this now could affect outcomes down the road and there are differing standards for modifying parenting time, primary residential custody, and decision-making. You should consider consulting with a family law attorney.
Q. If I have power of attorney of my nephew, am I able to try and get child support?
A: Before you can really do anything tied into child support you likely need to seek custody of your nephew. If granted custody you can, in theory, collect child support from both parents. If there are custody orders in place between the parents, you could intervene in that case. You need to consult with an attorney to get more specific input as to what you should do.
Q. How long does my ex have to report her temporary living arrangements? My kids said they are living in a Hotel.
A: There is no set rule as to disclosing an address. If your orders require her to give you this information and she is not doing so, you certainly have options, such as contempt of court. As relates to whether her living situation is damaging to the kids such that a court might make a change in parenting time, you should consult with an attorney, as more information is needed. A temporary situation alone may not be enough for the court to get too concerned unless you can prove serious safety or neglect issues.
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6021 S Syracuse Way
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Telephone: (303) 781-0322
Plog & Stein P.C.
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Broomfield, CO 80021
Telephone: (303) 781-0322