Do have a viable lawsuit, you need damages. For defamation, your reputation needs to have been effected and have caused loss or injury.
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I am sorry to read of your troubles. And I understand your desire for justice. But know that a defamation suit is an arduous and expensive affair. And sometimes even with the truth on your side, you can still lose. Without substantial damages, it may not be worthwhile.
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You may have a decent claim for defamation here but there are two things to consider:
1. How will you recover? My guess is your former roommate doesn't have a lot of money so even if you win at trial you won't have a way to collect judgment, which means all the time and money suing her may not make a difference; and
2. If you were getting high and that comes out to CPS or the other parent of your child then that could negatively affect your custody situation. Is it worth filing suit and making that information public to try to get some money out of her? I don't know much about your situation but that is something to figure out before taking legal action against your former roommate.Ask a similar question
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