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. I the mother have permanent orders for my son who is 2 yo. If father does not hold up to his end, what can be done?
- A: Way more information is needed to effectively answer your question. Is he violating visitation orders? Is he violating decision-making orders? Is he violating child support orders? If you can repost your question with more detail you should be able to get a more thorough, concise answer. There are many ways to deal with violations of court orders and the best path depends on the specific violation.
- Q. Can you tell me if someone has representation, can they file a motion or appeal (March). Attorney withdrew April.
- A: Presuming I am understanding your question correctly, it looks like your attorney withdrew from your case in April? Appeals and motions can be filed whether you have an attorney or not. All the filing deadlines also apply whether you have an attorney or not.
- Q. Can I petition proof of on going counseling be submitted to a judge before terminating guardianship for safety of minors
- A: You can absolutely ask the judge to require proof of the counseling before changes are made or kids are returned. Not sure if this is a dependency and neglect case, which it seems it could be based on you indicating kids "were removed for abuse." If so, you should also express your concerns to the GAL and social worker, who would normally require proof of the counseling before recommending changes.
- Q. Am I able to request written proof from a verified counselor that some has attended regular sessions?
- A: Not from the counselor directly unless the mother has signed a release authorizing the counselor to communicate with you. Otherwise, you should have the right, or rather the mother should have the duty, to provide you proof of her compliance. This is, of course presuming there is a court order requiring her to do these things. Requesting proof is reasonable and a court shouldn't require you to just take her word for it.
- Q. My father passed away he had no will my sister lived in the home with him so she says its all belongs to her
- A: You have posted your question in the "family law" section. This would be a "probate" matter and you should try posting it there.
- Q. How does child abandonment work in Colorado?
- A: In the custody court world, there is no such thing as "child abandonment." Given that he has had nothing to with them for 5 years, if you are married or remarried you could certainly look into adoption. If there are no custody orders in place you don't have to let him see or have contact with the kids. He could certainly file a custody case and seek visitation. If so, you will have to deal with his requests. More information is needed to fully assess your case. However, given the facts you have stated, a court may have concerns with him having contact and would certainly not allow contact initially, just thrusting your kids into seeing a stranger. A court could order therapeutic reintegration therapy to see how things do with establishing a relationship. You should consult with a family law attorney, particularly if he files a case. In a custody case, his rights would not be terminated and absent significant facts, a court is unlikely to just say he can never see them, permanent.
- Q. lost custody of my kids they closed the case out what happens
- A: More information is needed to answer this question. Was custody lost to the other parent? By "they closed the case out...," do you mean the court? If there was a hearing regarding custody or modification of custody (or parenting time), you may have certain rights to seek reconsideration under CRCP Rule 59, for relief from the order pursuant to CRCP Rule 60, for review of the order if it was entered by a magistrate, pursuant to CRM Rule 7, or the right to appeal under the Colorado Appellate Rules. Each of these rules comes with various deadlines for filing something and you will need to move quickly to avail yourself of your options. You should consult with a family law attorney right away to understand your rights, options, and specific deadlines. Waiting to long to do so can impact and/or negate whatever options you might have.
- Q. Can my wife claim my property?
- A: More information is needed to fully answer your question. In a technical sense, under Colorado law, any property obtained during the marriage, unless obtained via gift or inheritance, is considered marital property. Property obtained through income during the marriage is going to be considered marital property. Thus, there is a chance your wife, when divorce happens, could try to make a claim that she should share in the property. Judge's have discretion to divide property as they see fair and you certainly could raise an argument tied into you all being separated for 7 years, her not contributing, etc. That doesn't mean a judge has to agree with your position and each judge is different. Therefore, my final answer is that she could make a claim for it. To get certainty you really should get the divorce done.
- Q. My daughter's father has failed to pay support by the 5th every month since stipulation orders were made over a year ago
- A: More information is needed to answer your question. If he is chronically late with his payments contempt of court could be filed. If he has a real job I would suggest garnishing his wages. If there are defined child support arrears that he is also not paying on, he could be in contempt based on that as well. He could not be held in contempt for fraudulently claiming a child on his taxes unless the orders specifically indicate he cannot claim the child. CRS 14-10-115 does indicate that a party must have paid all child support due and owing in a tax year to be able to claim the income tax dependency exemption for a child. If the orders don't specifically preclude him, again, there would not be contempt. That being said, you may be able to file a motion regarding his wrongful claiming to seek compensation. There may be other ways to deal with your situation but more information is needed. You should consider consulting with a family law attorney.