Family Law

Family Law Questions? Ask a Family Lawyer Online.

Ask a Lawyer,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Family Law

I was sexually harassed by my father in law. What do I do?

Customer Question
I need to ask about...

I need to ask about my rights about being sexually harassed and defamed. It happened between 2008 - 2015. It was from my father in law.

Here is some background. I as sexually harassed by my father in law from 2008-2011. After that, I stopped seeing him. In 2012, he sent an anonymous letter to my husband defaming me. My husband claimed to have destroyed the letter, but brought it home in early 2014. I had it DNA tested against my husbands DNA. It was a positive match for his father. My brother then started to get emails from a woman claiming to be my confidante. I was able to prove that these emails were from my Father in law, pretending to be a woman as the IP address matched his computer. 
I am now in the middle of a very ugly divorce. I now want to take action against what I had to endure at my father in laws hands, sexual harassment and character defamation. My husband wouldn’t ‘allow’ this whilst we were married. 
My husband has abused me during the marriage of 9+ years, mainly verbal and emotional, but physical too. I did my best to make it work, but now it’s over, I want his father to be held accountable for what he did to me.
The extent of my trauma from what I have endured is only coming out now during therapy.
I know the statue of limitations may have run out, but I was physically unable to do anything before, living scared and desperately trying to salvage my marriage that was failing as my husband had a God complex for his father.

My question is, Can I to take action now against my father in law for what he did to me?

Submitted: 1 month ago.Category: Family Law
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Answered in 33 minutes by:
12/24/2017
Family Lawyer: Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law replied 1 month ago
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 20,592
Experience: B.A.; M.B.A.; J.D.
Verified

Unfortunately, you cannot take any action against your father-in-law at this time because the Statute of Limitations has run on the case. The Statute of Limitations for defamation in Florida is two years and four years for personal injury. See Florida statutes Chapter 95 Section 95.11(4)(g) and 95.11(3)(o).

I am sorry that I do not have better news for you. As an Attorney and an Officer of the Court, I have ethical and professional obligation to provide you with accurate and honest information even though that information may not be in your favor.

Thank you for using JustAnswer

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Customer reply replied 1 month ago
Thank you. Is there nothing that would warrant and exception to my case. I was forced to stay quiet to save my marriage, bullied into submission, threatened and blackmailed if I did anything sooner? My hands were tied.
Family Lawyer: Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law replied 1 month ago

Unfortunately, the reasons that you have cited eventhough very valid reasons cannot be used to toll the Statute of Limitations.

Best wishes,

Ask Your Own Family Law Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Phillips Esq. Your Own Question
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq.
Phillips Esq., Attorney-at-Law
Category: Family Law
Satisfied Customers: 20,592
20,592 Satisfied Customers
Experience: B.A.; M.B.A.; J.D.

Phillips Esq. is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

Not only did he answer my Michigan divorce question but was also able to help me out with it, too. I have since won my legal case on this matter and thank you so much for it.

LeeMichigan

Mr. Kaplun clearly had an exceptional understanding of the issue and was able to explain it concisely. I would recommend JustAnswer to anyone. Great service that lives up to its promises!

Gary B.Edmond, OK

My Expert was fast and seemed to have the answer to my taser question at the tips of her fingers. Communication was excellent. I left feeling confident in her answer.

EricRedwood City, CA

I am very pleased with JustAnswer as a place to go for divorce or criminal law knowledge and insight.

MichaelWichita, KS

PaulMJD helped me with questions I had regarding an urgent legal matter. His answers were excellent.

Three H.Houston, TX

Anne was extremely helpful. Her information put me in the right direction for action that kept me legal, possible saving me a ton of money in the future. Thank you again, Anne!!

ElaineAtlanta, GA

It worked great. I had the facts and I presented them to my ex-landlord and she folded and returned my deposit. The 50 bucks I spent with you solved my problem.

TonyApopka, FL

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Ely

Ely

Counselor at Law

11,875 satisfied customers

Private practice with focus on family, criminal, PI, consumer protection, and business consultation.

LawTalk

LawTalk

Attorney and Counselor at Law

9,025 satisfied customers

30 years legal experience. I remain current in Family Law through regular continuing education.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Dimitry K., Esq.

Attorney

7,856 satisfied customers

I provide family and divorce law advice to my clients in my firm.

Tina

Tina

Lawyer

6,562 satisfied customers

JD, 17 years legal experience including family law

Barrister

Barrister

Lawyer

3,415 satisfied customers

Attorney with 17 years experience

P. Simmons

P. Simmons

Lawyer

3,398 satisfied customers

16 yrs. of experience including family law.

RobertJDFL

RobertJDFL

Lawyer

2,787 satisfied customers

Experienced in multiple areas of the law.

< Previous | Next >

Related Family Law Questions
Need to see if my marriage was annulled or terimated. North
need to see if my marriage was annulled or terimated. … read more
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Juris Doctorate
2,144 satisfied customers
Marriage anullment. North Carolina. Married for 3 months, me
Yes. Married for 3 months, me and spouse doesn't live in the same state, never lived together… read more
jb156200
jb156200
Associate Attorney
Doctoral Degree
580 satisfied customers
Is an online marriage. In Alabama. Legal in the state of
Is an online marriage. In Alabama. Legal in the state of Kentucky? … read more
LawGuy
LawGuy
Juris Doctor
123 satisfied customers
My husband and I are divorcing after 13 years of marriage. I
My husband and I are divorcing after 13 years of marriage. I understand I'm only eligible for the portion of his 401k during the time we were married, but how much (percentage wise) am I entitled to a… read more
Gerald, Esq
Gerald, Esq
Juris Doctor
3,681 satisfied customers
Is a marriage legal if one of the parties were incarcerated
Is a marriage legal if one of the parties were incarcerated at the time of marriage … read more
lucy7368
lucy7368
Juris Doctor
763 satisfied customers
I was divorced 3 1/2 years ago after 33 years of marriage in
I was divorced 3 1/2 years ago after 33 years of marriage in Florida. I was manipulated by my ex-husband to use the same lawyer. He used half of his 401k To buy me out of the house we built. He had me… read more
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Nisha Jones, Esq.
Juris Doctorate
2,144 satisfied customers
What happens to a marriage certificate if that couple gets
What happens to a marriage certificate if that couple gets divorced? … read more
Ray
Ray
Lawyer
Doctoral Degree
31,355 satisfied customers
If a business came into marriage is it part of the divorce
If a business came into marriage is it part of the divorce ownership n name never changed at marriage … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
8,283 satisfied customers
Are the terms of an overseas marriage recognized in the us?
Are the terms of an overseas marriage recognized in the us? … read more
Dwayne B.
Dwayne B.
Juris Doctor
28,764 satisfied customers
I would like to know what the commonlaw marriage divorce
I would like to know what the commonlaw marriage divorce rights are in Colorado. I have proof of commonlaw marriage. My husband pays for the house and my car. How will this affect my rights? … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
After seven years of marriage and a may be divorce I would
After seven years of marriage and a may be divorce I would like to know what amount of alimony might be due. … read more
LegalKnowledge
LegalKnowledge
Juris Doctor
28,587 satisfied customers
I marriage a divorce man few years ago. I am now ready to
I marriage a divorce man few years ago . I am now ready to marriage again, but when I applied for my marriage license they told me that my first husband divorce was n't finalize ,that I had marriage a… read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
8,283 satisfied customers
I filed for divorce. I'm in a same sex marriage. If he
I filed for divorce. I'm in a same sex marriage. If he doesn't sign the waiver but doesn't show up for the final court date or he doesn't sign the final decree, will I still be granted the divorce? I … read more
PaulmoJD
PaulmoJD
Attorney At Law
Doctoral Degree
106 satisfied customers
In california divorced 5 years, term marriage my alimony is
In california divorced 5 years, long term marriage my alimony is higher than child support … read more
Legal Eagle
Legal Eagle
Attorney
Doctoral Degree
8,283 satisfied customers
Getting CA divorce after 14 years of blissful marriage.:) We
Getting CA divorce after 14 years of blissful marriage.:) We have 6 cars and a house. How do we value them for the courts? House is unique property. How do we value the house without having to pay for… read more
Roger
Roger
Litigation Attorney
Doctoral Degree
26,915 satisfied customers
I want to find a lawyer whose field in marriage and divorce.
I want to find a lawyer whose field in marriage and divorce … read more
socrateaser
socrateaser
1,031 satisfied customers
Divorcing a cheater! Wife owned home prior to marriage.
Hi, divorcing a cheater! Wife owned home prior to marriage. Refi's to lower rate and reduce term of mortgage. Cheaters income used to qualify for shorter term, 5 years older and retirement planning. … read more
lucy7368
lucy7368
Juris Doctor
763 satisfied customers
The divorce is happening in FL. During the marriage I was
The divorce is happening in FL. During the marriage I was awarded a settlement regarding a lawyer not filing dental damage, pain and suffering of 79,000. My spouse asked for a divorce 6 years later. T… read more
LegalGems
LegalGems
Juris Doctorate
11,013 satisfied customers

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.

The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x