Came home from a busy day at work to some interesting mail. It seems that I'm being threatened with a lawsuit for sharing my opinions and judgment of my husband's morality and decisions. Nothing that I have shared on this blog has been a lie, a rumor or a twisting of the truth. This blog has been about me and how I have walked through this journey of betrayal and devastation of my family. My husband's actions have been the cause of his loss of integrity which led to his loss of employment.
Here's what the letter says:
Dear Mrs. Carlson:
Please be advised that this office represents Richard D. Carlson with regard to the dissolution of your marriage and related matters. It has come to my attention that you have, or intend to, publish statements regarding Mr. Carlson's actions and your opinion and judgment of his morality and decisions. I strongly advise you against such action for two reasons.
First, your actions will have a direct impact on Mr. Carlson's employability and, by extension, his potential spousal and child support obligations and his ability to meet such obligations. The amount of child support that you are entitled to for the benefit of the children is calculated using Mr. Carlson's income, both now and in the future as that number can change from time to time as the parties' employment changes, among other things. The amount of spousal support awarded is calculated using several factors, but one of which is the amount money that Mr. Carlson is earning at the time the court makes the order of support. You seem intent on ruining his chances of obtaining/maintaining gainful employment which, I assure you, will ultimately cause you to receive less in spousal support and/or child support.
Second, the statements that you publish via letter to any person or entity are considered defamatory statements under Ohio law. A communication is defamatory if: (1) it tends so to harm the reputation of another as to lower him in the estimation of the community or to deter third persons from associating or dealing with him; (2) it exposes another to hatred, ridicule, or contempt; or (3) it tends to disparage another by reflecting unfavorably upon his personal morality or integrity. By publishing defamatory statements about my client you are exposing yourself to a lawsuit for damages resulting from your actions and from you intentional infliction of emotional distress upon my client.
This will be the only request to cease and desist any plans to publish statements regarding my client. Should you pursue such action, my client will not hesitate to pursue legal action against you and advise the Domestic Relations Court of your behavior as it relates to the calculation of support in any dissolution or divorce proceedings. Further, any actions you take or information that you share in an effort to disparage my client in the eyes of his children are also subjecting you to legal action and inquiry as to whether or not you are acting in the long-term best interests if your children.
I will appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Should you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned at your convenience.
I am still processing everything written and accusations made. I will have a rebuttal at a later time.
I am a Christian, a wife, a mom, a VBS crafter, a coupon clipper, a thrift store shopper, a football fan, a cook, a student of the Bible and an avid reader.