How JustAnswer Works:
  • Ask an Expert
    Experts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional Answer
    Via email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction Guarantee
    Rate the answer you receive.
Ask Ben Jones Your Own Question
Ben Jones
Ben Jones, UK Lawyer
Category: Law
Satisfied Customers: 50143
Experience:  Qualified Solicitor
Type Your Law Question Here...
Ben Jones is online now

My wife has been having an affair with a married man

This answer was rated:

My wife has been having an affair with a married man for 4 years and has been very, very hurtful for me. I logged every time she went away and have caught her to numerously. I exposed all of this to all my friends in a 12 page document. Can my wife and the man she is involved with sue me over the fact that I have ruined her/his reputation?
Hello, my name is***** am a qualified lawyer and it is my pleasure to assist you with your question today. I presume that everything you said in the document was factually correct?
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Yes, spot on.
Thank you. I do not see any grounds on which they can try and sue you for ruining their reputation. This was really ruined by their own actions, not by what you did. It would have been an issue for you if you damaged their reputation by spreading untrue information about them – that would then be classified as potential defamation and legal remedies are available to them to pursue this further. However, if all you did was made truthful statements and can back that up, there is no defamation because the ultimate defence to a claim for defamation is showing that what you said or published was in fact the truth. Also such claims are very complex and expensive and will cost thousands from the outset – they are often not realistic for individuals to make so they may easily be put off by this and it can hamper any attempts to try and make such a claim. But the main pint is that you told the truth and there is nothing unlawful in that, even if their reputation was affected as a result. Remember it is their actions that would have done that, not the fact that you exposed factual information relating to it. I hope this has answered your query. I would be grateful if you could please take a second to leave a positive rating (3, 4 or 5 stars) as that is an important part of our process and recognises the time I have spent assisting you. If you need me to clarify anything before you go - please get back to me on here and I will assist further as best as I can. Thank you
Ben Jones and 2 other Law Specialists are ready to help you
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Thankyou Ben for your advice. That should shut her up. She has claimed that she will sue me and I am to expect a solicitor's letter. I told her not to waste her money on it. Now she is not even talking to me on account that her reputation is in tatters. Same for him.
She can make whatever threats she wants and a solicitor could try and think of something just to make it look like you are in trouble but the reality of it is that she cannot really do much apart from make threats or be a nuisance and legally that won't get her very far
Customer: replied 2 years ago.
Very sound advice, Ben,
. That should shut her and him up!!
I would hope so too, best of luck