My question involves small claims court in the state of: FLORIDA
My former boyfriend is threatening to sue me in Florida small claims court to reimburse him for various minor and bogus things, but mostly for one of his trips to visit me and for a trip he paid for me to visit him while we were "dating". I only visited him because his parents asked me to break up with him in person and they offered to pay for my flight and he insisted that I come to visit. I did say that I didn't want them paying for it and said that I would pay him back someday but I only took this trip to stop the endless phone calls and text messages. I was in college and had no income. I tried to break up with him for a year and a half and he always threatened to overdose, kill himself, etc. Unfortunately I was easily guilted into continuing the relationship although I wanted it over with. I've certainly learned my lesson in that regard.
Anyway, this threatened lawsuit is his way of maintaining contact with me and this week he keeps emailing and texting me about it.
One of the issues is that he resides in Florida and I reside in New York. Can I ask for a change of venue because traveling to Florida is out of my budget as I do not have any income and cannot even pay my rent without help from family?
Also, I have since moved and he doesn't have my new address. He only has my cell phone number and my email address and my mother's address. Are the odds good that I can wait it out by not being served the summons in a timely fashion? I hate this approach because I will always be looking over my shoulder.
He has offered to settle for $1000 for all this bogus stuff. I don't have $1000 to give him and even if I did, I don't like the idea of being shook-down for normal expenses that normal people incur when dating.
At most I am willing to offer to pay for my last flight to visit him, using money borrowed from family of course, just to settle this once and for all.
My ultimate objectives are:
- Either avoid this all together using venue issues or another defensive action OR Have a final settlement where no further claims can be made against me
- And have no further contact from this individual ever
I feel that this person is threatening to use small claims court to continue to stalk & harass me. I want to tell him to cease all contact with me and then I would just start documenting each unwanted contact in case I need to build a stalking case against him.
Hopefully I will get a job soon and can hire a lawyer to advise me but for now, I would appreciate any advise anyone may offer.