What can I do if I am being slandered?

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What can I do if I am being slandered?

I am going through a divorce and I have recently found out that my soon to be ex-wife is telling people that I raped and hit her. No police reports were filed about this event. I am astounded that she would say these things though. My only thought would be that she would try to use this against me in court. But, there is no proof. How can I get her to legally stop this? I don’t want this to get nasty because we have 2 small children, but this effects my livelihood as well as my name.

Asked on July 12, 2010 under Personal Injury, Minnesota

Answers:

SJZ, Member, New York Bar / FreeAdvice Contributing Attorney

Answered 11 years ago | Contributor

You may have to sue her for defamation. Defamation is the public making of false statements of fact that put someone in a negative light and harm his or her reputation. A claim that you committed rape and assault would, if untrue, certainly seem to meet those requirements. While your desire to not let things "get nasty" is laudible, if your soon-to-be ex-wife is making these claims, it has already gotten nasty. (And just because she's not filed a police report yet does not mean she may not later.) You should consult with an attorney immediately about how to protect your reputation, livelihood, rights to see your children (this kind of allegation can affect custody), etc. You may be able to get a legal order forcing her to desist as well as possibly sue for monetary damages. Good luck.


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