How do you stop family members causing gossip about you that is not true?
The only person you have complete control over is (you).
Therefore you can either compete with them getting out your version of whatever it is to people or you can just ignore it unless something worthy of bringing up a lawsuit.
People who love to gossip are going to gossip.
I think you just need to be honest with them..and preferably when the family is gathered together..so you can easily clarify matters..if they still want to gossip and spread false rumors about you..I guess there is nothing you can really do because that will be a character issue..you ll probably want to minimize contact with them too (less contact, less things to gossip about).
Stop talking to them about personal events and activities and make it clear to your associates that you are no longer associating with them. Then others know that those relatives don't really know anything about them.
I suggest reading the book "Boundaries", and then constructively limiting contact with them.
Confront them, be assertive. Inform them that you refuse to tolerate such malicious behavior. Then severely limit contact w/such "family" members for they are toxic to say the least. Perhaps, it is better to disown them for they aren't really family. Family is defined as members who love, respect, & nurture each other. If members are toxic & venomous, they aren't family at all.
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