My question involves defamation in the state of: false and malicious claims.
I was married and divorced within a short amount of time almost a decade ago. The Ex-husband has maintained we are still married. He has defended every action ie. child support , paying his debts so on and so forth by saying we are still married.
Fast Forward to the present time and I have recently remarried. Prior to my marriage per the laws of my state I researched, garnered a certified copy of and presented said copy to the clerk to obtain a license to marry and signed this under oath of perjury.
The ex- husband and his mother are making claims of Bigamy on my part and openly and publicly questioning the validity of my marriage to mutual friends, family and pretty much anyone who will stop and listen.
Can I make them stop? Does the law provide a way to enforce and punish them if they continue to slander and defame me and my husband. I concerned specifically because:
1.)This can and will hurt our credibility and could impact the business we own and operate.
2.) Thier claims will hurt and impact our credibility within our religious community
3.)I feel the intent of these claims is to hurt our relationship as a whole and were meant maliciously to cloud and make it impossible for us to enjoy our honeymoon, which we did have to cancel and go home early from
4.) The most important factor to me above hurting our credibility with our clients-- the impact on my eldest child, who was born to me and my ex husband. I feel their claims to be maliciously damaging to the integrity of our famility unit and an attempt to alienate my daughter.