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Hello! I am a licensed CA attorney, admitted to practice in state and federal court. I have a nearly 100% satisfaction rating so all that means is that you can count on me to help today. I’m very sorry to hear about this case. This to me sounds like a case of defamation. Defamation is basically a false and defamatory statement, published to a third party, that causes harm (usually a lessened reputation in the community, lost business opportunity, or other harms as the facts dictate.) Thus, if she told other people about this and it was not true, then you could bring a suit for defamation. The tricky part will be calculating your damages for such a thing. You may have to try to find out how much a case like this would be worth it to you.
You may want to consider just writing a formal demand letter requesting that she stop and requesting that she pay you damages as a result of her defamation. There’s a site that I’ve used in the past where you can find a good template for a demand letter (click here). It only costs $10 and it is way cheaper than litigation.
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I'm sorry to hear about that. You could certainly sue for divorce, but in CA you don't need grounds to sue for divorce. It could be for any reason. You could bring a separate lawsuit for defamation against her as well.
Speaking of your emotional distress, you could sue for intentional infliction of emotional distress. This just means that if someone's intentional act causes you severe emotional distress, you could recover for their actions. You could include that in your causes of action.
I see what you mean. I'm very sorry that you had to go through this. Did you have any other questions for me?
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