Stephen J. Plog

Stephen J. Plog

Plog & Stein P.C.
  • 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
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
U.S. District Court, District of Colorado
  • English
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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131 Questions Answered

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.
Q. Does my ex legally have a right to know my address if she keeps my children from visiting me per our agreed schedule?
A: If the court orders say you need to provide the address then provide the address. If they do not say you have to then you do not. If she is saying she wont let you see the kids until you give the address you should give her the address, unless there are safety concerns. The court will almost always favor the party acting more like the bigger person, which would preferably be you.
Q. My home and the location from where I file my taxes is in Colorado, but my job requires I have a New Mexico drivers lic.
A: If your primary home is in Colorado you can file here. Even if you have a NM license, you live here and should be fine to file for divorce. You must have been residing here for 91 days or more, which I presume you have.
Q. What do I need to do If my wife has custody of my son but he lives with me
A: You can either file in the original case in Pueblo or file a motion to change venue to Fremont and then file there.
Q. Can cheating on your spouse affect you during divorce process and custody battle?
A: Generally, infidelity is irrelevant in a divorce or custody case and most courts will not care. The exceptions would be if you are either cheating in front of the child, thus confusing the child, or squandering marital money on the person with whom you are cheating. If neither of those things is applicable then you should be fine and the infidelity shouldn't be used against you.
Q. what should you do if you send divorce papers to your ex but he never returns them to court
A: Unfortunately, your question cannot be answered without more detail. In a divorce case, just sending your ex papers does nothing and your ex is under no legal duty to send anything back to the court, sign anything, etc. If you have "personally served" your ex with a petition and summon for divorce and have filed an affidavit of service with the court, the court can then enter default orders against him/her.
Q. In divorce/custody case, will the judge take in consideration my daughter's opinion?
A: Generally, your daughter will not appear in court or talk to the judge. Furthermore, her statements or wishes are hearsay and will be inadmissible in court if presented by you. Normally, the way to get a child's wishes or statements in will be to have the court appoint a Child and Family Investigator, who will prepare a written report which will contain, in part, statements, wishes, or concerns of your child. If there are safety or danger issues, your daughters concerns could become a significant factor. If there is just a general lack of desire to spend more time at the father's home, a court is generally going to find that a 7 year old lacks sufficient age and maturity to voice a reasoned opinion.
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6021 S Syracuse Way
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Telephone: (303) 781-0322
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12303 Airport Way
Broomfield, CO 80021
Telephone: (303) 781-0322