Aurora, CO asked in Libel & Slander for Colorado

Q: My ex is telling everyone that I am a meth addict. I am not and have taken a hair follicle test. What can I do

We are in a custody battle, I requested the drug tests myself and have already taken and passed mine. He won't stop telling people I am a junkie and an addict or a dead beat mother.

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Tristan Kenyon Schultz

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  • Fort Collins, CO
  • Licensed in Colorado

A: Ah divorces... it brings out the best in people. From a legal perspective, you husband can make the claim and a court may (emphasis MAY) order a review (be aware that you can recover attorney fees and court cost if it is subsequently shown your ex is abusing the judicial system). As for your ex's unkind words, this gets more difficult. You theoretically could file a slander suit, but this will be cost prohibitive and create a lot of problems. You can inform the family court judge of your husband's actions and seek an injunction/TRO on your husband (the changes of success vary by the judge, but your chances improve if your ex is contacting an employer or telling the children/child). If you haven't already done so, I suggest your hire an attorney. Nasty custody disputes require legal representation to protect your interests.

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