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I wasn't sued for libel, but I was sued for defamation of character. After my ex's visitation was reduced to supervised visits only, my kids naturally had a lot of questions. For over 6 months I danced around the issue, knowing that I had to be careful what I said about my ex. Finally, I felt that they deserved an answer. I bought a book about parental substance abuse called "My Daddy Lives Me, My Daddy Has a Disease". I explained in the most delicate way I could to 7 year olds what had happened, and why they had experienced certain things while in his care. That night my son called him and told him what I'd said. My ex had been waiting for this moment. He recorded the phone call and took me to court, saying I was in violation of the defamation clause in our order. He did this even though it's illegal to record phone calls in CA! He ended up dropping it, but not until I'd spent $5,000 on an attorney to defend me in the suit.