My question involves defamation in the state of: VA
First off I'll give a little background info.
My wife, 3yo daughter, and I live right in the middle of her family, our land was given to us for a wedding gift 6yrs ago by her grandmother who lives next door, her older brother is the next house up, her mother lives a little farther up the driveway, her younger brother lives about a mile away and other assorted family members (aunt, cousins etc.) live in the same community. So I'm the outcast (biggest mistake we made was moving here) The family has always disliked me because I don't play by their rules and speak my mind. They always tell my wife she can do better and that she needs to leave me.
Now my current situation. I work at the same place her younger brother does and he has came home and told his family and has also told other employee's at work that I'm cheating on my wife with a woman I work with which is not true. Her mother has told god only knows how many people this rumor, including my wife's best friend and everyone believes it because I'm the outsider. My wife and I have a great relationship and she knows I would not cheat on her but this has put a strain on us and caused unneeded stress. not only do I feel like everybody in the community looks down on me and talks about me but now this is being told at my workplace and where I work this could cause me to loose my job.
My wife has tried to talk to them but they will not listen, they tell her I'm lying and just want me out of the picture. We both know the best thing would be to move but we owe too much on our house to sell.
Where should I go from here?