has cause nothing but undue hardship on myself as well as damaged my reputation at my kids schools, extra cirricular events, and various place and people in the community. I have evidence to prove this by reports and even a legal deposition in which one individual has confessed to her slander and the dcf report. What can i do? What legal action can i take to have her stop this slander? I have sent her a letter requesting she stop but she continues to do so along with her family!
If she is making false statements of fact, you may have a defamation claim. You may want to check out the guide which I published on AVVO. You should also contact a local attorney who handles defamation claims to discuss your specific situation.
It can be very difficult to assert defamation claims on the basis of reports to the appropriate government agencies about child neglect, abuse, or other issues of child welfare. These kinds of reports are ordinarily given immunity or quasi-immunity because of the compelling social policy against causing people to be afraid to make reports in righteous incidents that should be brought to the attention of authorities.
Defamation cases are seldom the answer in family situations. If there is an existing family law case, better to go back to family court for an order restraining certain problematic conduct. Even if there is not current family law case, a civil restraining order will ordinarily be more effective in these kinds of circumstances than a defamation action.
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