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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554 Questions Answered

Q. My maintenance ends in April. Can I pay early and absolve myself of further obligations.
A: From a divorce law standpoint, you can certainly prepay your maintenance. You should check with a CPA as to whether prepayment affects your ability to deduct the payment from your income for tax purposes. If you prepay, you could, in theory, end the life insurance policy, though an attorney would need to review your orders before being able to truly assess whether that would be okay. As to how your estate might be affected, you need to either post this question in any wills, trusts, or probate section, or consult with an attorney who deals with these things. Generally this type of law does not fall into the realm of 'divorce' law.
Q. Ok so here’s my problem.. when I met my wife she had a stock Jeep Wrangler.. after 5 years and two kids later ,
A: Unfortunately, if she had the vehicle it's likely going to be viewed as premarital or separate property. More information is needed to assess whether there is any marital component to the value and the key issue is whether, in light of the changes you made to the vehicle, it has increased in value. As vehicles are depreciating assets, an increase in value seems unlikely. You could make arguments as to the equity in the vehicle at the time of marriage vs. now, but this would likely only be a worthwhile argument if it was brand new when you got married, with little or no equity. All that being said, though you might be able to argue there is marital equity, since she never jointly titled it, it is hers from a physical disposition standpoint and the court cannot force her to let you have it. All the court can do is divide equity.
Q. My ex husband has now moved to Hawaii. Is the parenting plan void?
A: Presuming your orders are from Colorado, you should consult with a family law attorney to look into this issue. Him moving to Hawaii, presumably by choice, makes the travel costs excessive. If you have orders to split those costs, the court may be willing to provide some relief in terms of making him pay more. Also, $1400 sounds excessive for a one-way to Hawaii and unless something has changed in the last years since I went there, layovers are usually going to be 2 to 3 hours, either in LA, SF, or sometimes Phoenix. Nonetheless, the tickets are certainly a lot more than to/from CA. If your orders indicate specifically travel to CA you may have only a duty to get the child to CA and the rest is on him. Again, consult with an attorney.
Q. My stipulation states that my ex and I are to submit tax returns and W-2s to each other in order to modify child support
A: You cannot just cancel or stop paying child support. That will get you into trouble. You need to file a motion to modify child support. Forms can be obtained online and if you are truly destitute you may be able to get the court to waive the filing fee. An attorney would need to look at your orders to weigh in on the exchange of information provision. You should note that while many agreements or orders require an exchange of information each year, that does not mean that child support is automatically modified each year. Modification only comes with agreement or an order entered by the court.
Q. husband left son and I in 2011. recently found him. I want a divorce ,child support and do I start?
A: If you are looking to file a case on your own, you can get forms from the Colorado judicial branch website, file them with the court, and have him served in AZ. Colorado still has personal jurisdiction over him for both divorce and financial issues. If you do not want to do it on your own you need to contact a divorce attorney. Child support only runs until age 19 and alimony will depend on everyone's incomes and financial circumstances.
Q. I jut had my separation agreement signed but I felt pressure and my ex's paperwork about property were never disclosed
A: You should consult with a divorce attorney right away. Failure to disclose property items can be a big deal and there is case law supporting the notion that the duty to provide full financial disclosure cannot be waived. You should email your ex or his attorney right away to let them know you are not okay with the agreement. Again, your first step should be to meet with an attorney to discuss your case specifics and concerns.
Q. Can my hisband sell the house its not under my name he bought it before we got married were not divorced yet
A: Any increase in value to the home during the marriage is marital in nature and is subject to division by the court in a divorce. He will ultimately be able to sell the house. The way to prevent sale in the immediate is to file for divorce and have him served. Upon service, he is precluded from disposing of marital assets while the case is pending and absent a court order. You should ask an eviction attorney what rights your sister and her boyfriend might have. The law and the court in a divorce case would not be concerned with them.
Q. I left the state of Florida without the permission of the father there are no court orders, can I get in trouble?
A: You should really be posting this in the Florida family law section. If Florida's laws are like Colorado's and the situation were reversed, you would not be in trouble. Additionally, presuming Florida's laws are like Colorado's, if he failed to file a custody case within 6 months of you leaving, Florida lost jurisdiction. If you want certainty, and presuming your child has been in Colorado for 6 months or more, you should consider filing a case here.
Q. Can I take me kids on vacation out of the USA w/out a parental consent letter?
A: From a family law standpoint, if your orders do not prohibit out of country travel, you would not be violating orders by taking them out of the country for a vacation without her consent. You need to look into who would need a letter of consent, whether the cruise, airlines, or other country. If you are told that you absolutely need the letter of consent, you may need to file a motion with the court seeking sole legal custody regarding travel.
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