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nekorb posted 2/13/2014 10:39 AM

What's the difference between having info that you can use for "leverage" vs straight out blackmail?

Nature_Girl posted 2/13/2014 11:31 AM

I think it depends on how you might use the information. What is it that you're demanding? What is it that you're protecting? What is the situation? What is the information?

GotPlayed posted 2/13/2014 11:52 AM

Good question. I guess it would depend on the damage done, and your state of residence (no fault states may see some of the evidence differently). From your profile it seems like there's a lot of damage to your kids, which is always actionable I think.

Isn't the difference intent to defraud (blackmail) versus keeping the upper hand as the honest party in fairly negotiating with a known dishonest party (leverage)?

I would think leverage is him knowing you have a lot of information that is damaging, so they're open to negotiation so you don't reveal it - the info is a trump-card to keep WS honest.. Importantly, it's cool if they don't know but imagine how much/how deep info you have, as they did a lot of crap. I'd say blackmail is more "do specifically X or I'll show Y info" - like a tit-for-tat.

So in a sense, blackmail is a fraudulent, transactional portion. Leverage is looking at the whole picture.

In my case:

I 'm as strict NC as I can get away with, considering we have young kids. I can't avoid briefly seeing STBXWW today because of a kid switchover at a clinic, but last I saw her physically was a month ago.

I collect what I find. Then I correlate dates with events - what I have on STBXWW, what I was doing the same date, how the kids were doing with me at the time. I keep a spreadsheet. I make notes of possible damage to my kids (no fault state, so the separation of assets is straightforward, but I am very much the stable parent and all of this is to prove she's not during the custody hearings).
Then I send to my Lawyer. He'll know which to use as leverage and what not to worry about. I believe my L may be sharing some of it with WW L, but I don't know, I haven't asked. I think if it goes to trial the Ls have to share everything they will use (not sure but I think that's it).

Haven't had my first custody hearing yet, so I don't know what the guidelines are like (on the orientation they said to try to keep it about the kids, hence the spreadsheet correlation). But it's good that it's providing me a timeline that is verifiable and can be used in court should this go to trial.

I don't plan on making any of this public unless things go horribly, horribly wrong and she decides to invent and accuse me publicly of something or other (which she would need to do in order to turn the tables on this very clear legal case, so she may try in the height of narcissism). Even so, I don't know if I'd want to do it until after D is final - don't want her to use it as an excuse to drag things legally just out of spite.

Still, once she sees that I have detailed records during custody and I'm just sharing what's relevant to the kids she'll wonder what else I have. And since I won't talk to her about anything, that's leverage right there. You don't have to say what you have as long as WS knows it's plenty. They know what they did and seeing you organized and showing only enough for the part of the process you are looking at should scare them enough.

Take2 posted 2/13/2014 11:59 AM

IMO and in my situation, I agreed to settle out of court, no muss no fuss, and a lot cheaper for both of us, but only for an equitable settlement. If he did not agree to an equitable settlement - then I was willing to go to court and put all the information before a judge to decide what was equitable. This was not a threat, and I never verbalized it. It is simply following the stages of D through the court process. In order for the judge to ascertain equitable - "the conducts of the parties during the marriage" is one of many things evaluated. Then the judge decides what is equitable.

Leverage, the way I saw it, was the equivalent of saying: give me what you owe me or I'll see you in court. Same as with a roofer who took the money and walked off the job.

Blackmail is for gain and promises secrecy in exhange, (I made no promises either). In blackmail, the blackmailer sets the value - not a judge.

Not a technical explanation, just my POV.

nekorb posted 2/13/2014 14:21 PM


Well, my goal is that things are equitable and reasonable. The info I have could be devastating to both of them professionally.

I guess in a way, I want the reality of that to smack my WH between the eyes and wake him up to what he is doing.

Alternately, the info I have could also be used to save my WH's ASS if AP decides to try a sexual harassment suit against him.

At this point though, my goal is to make sure my kids are NEVER around OW, for as long as I can get that enforced. She is seriously unstable.

ETA: and let's not forget the naked pictures I now have if OW. One of those things I'd love to do, but never will because it is wrong, is to email all of those to her and tell her that she should rethink sending those because MY husband tends to be careless.

[This message edited by nekorb at 2:23 PM, February 13th (Thursday)]

Phoenix1 posted 2/13/2014 14:41 PM

Does it really matter? I think it is semantics as long as you are not using the info to force the other party into doing something illegal.

I had "leverage" in that I told XPOS if he agreed to certain things in our settlement (nothing I would not have been entitled to anyway) and agreed to a quick dissolution with no fighting and no attorneys then I would not file for an at fault divorce for adultery and drag him, his whore, and their demon spawn into a court room. Was that really blackmail? Either term applies, really, but I did what I needed to do to get thru this crap as quickly and equitably as possible with the least amount of upheaval for me and my kids.

Nature_Girl posted 2/13/2014 15:56 PM

The plain truth is that you will have zero ability to keep the OW away from your kids unless she has been convicted of certain kinds of crimes, such as hard drugs, extreme violence or sexual offences that involved minors. Aside from those things - and believe it or not those things still don't guarantee anything - you can NOT do anything legally to keep her away. As long as your WH deems her appropriate, the court will agree and will punish you for even bringing the matter before the bench.

The world of family court is different than the rest of the world. I'm sharing this with you because I don't want you to get your hopes up about certain things. I want you to have a clearer vision of what to expect. Lord knows I did NOT know these things when I first started down this road. I have had some very painful & infuriating lessons to learn along the way about family court, abuse, and dashed expectations.

I think what you're describing as far as wanting to keep things reasonable during your divorce proceedures is fine. You're not looking to extort money or influence. You're just wanting what is fair & proper according to the laws established. There is nothing wrong with that.

crazynot posted 2/13/2014 23:50 PM

You can't stop OW seeing your kids in future, but here's the thing. That will be almost irrelevant, because they're almost adults and cannot be forced to spend time with anyone - even their dad. Access and visitation do not apply to teenagers/young adults. It will be their choice. My WH left me on 6 January 2010, at which point my son was 15 and my daughter 18. AT NO POINT, EVER since, have they had any contact with OW, who 'almost' lives with their dad. They have vetoed it. They are totally delighted that I have a love life - and embrace the concept that I might remarry. But theyhave never and I think may never accept OW into their lives. They and I have a great relationship with WH, however.

nekorb posted 2/14/2014 20:06 PM

Thanks for the feedback.

My WH SEEMS like he will be fair with me, but who knows. I kind of want him to hear about the info I have so he can see how careless his behavior has been concerning his license. You know?

AND I want to keep OW far, far away.

Nature_Girl posted 2/14/2014 20:55 PM

No, in that case don't share what you have/know. If he's already being reasonable, do not rock the boat.

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