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Is this considered LIBEL or SLANDER and grounds for filing a lawsuit? My ex-spouse had his lawyer write and send a letter

New York, NY |

with a court order to our child's school Principal. Firstly, the court order had no mention or relevance with the school- it had to do with "parenting time/visitation". As well, his lawyer's letter was not falsely representative of the facts. Also, the tone and language had malicious intent to make me appear in a negative light and even put the school in a situation of serious caution (as no one wants to receive a letter from a lawyer). As a result, i have not felt welcome at the school as before.

I so appreciate any feedback...

Change in the above, I meant to say it was knowingly falsely written.

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You said the letter was not falsely representing the facts. So there is no libel.

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apologies--it was...blatantly false, and intentionally..


No one can say without the exact wording of the letter.

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You need to immediately consult with a family law specialist. Use the AVVO search tool to find someone in your area. I can appreciate your frustration and would also recommend that you ask your attorney about a private investigator who might be able to get you evidence to support your claims, be careful not to violate any court orders. Good Luck.

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No, as you state that there were no false facts.

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Sorry, i meant it was false..100%.

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