My question involves personal property located in the State of: Virginia
My ex and I purchased furnishings (sofa, tv, dresser, bedframe, small table, a pair of stools and other household items like towels and pillow shams) for our leased apt. He moved out and I moved with the stuff to another apt. A month later he contacted me re personal items and I sent them to him. After another month he contacted me re everything he could think of (the kitchen sink isn't ours, thank god ) under threat of a lawsuit. He did file and the service was posted on the apt door however, he had it posted at our old apt when he knew I didn't live there anymore (I have proof that he knew it too, our lease had expired before he filed and he USPS sent an empty envelope reading "return address requested and do not forward" but the mailman delivered it to me at my new apt anyway. He also called my mother to ask for it!) The only reason I knew he filed was because he emailed me & sent a copy certified mail to my job. The sheriff's office and the court clerk say that this would not be considered good service b/c he knew the address was bad. He's suing me for $15K and not the actual items. He does have some receipts that are almost a year old. I can't prove that I gave him $ when he used his credit card to pay. Minus paying a lawyer to sort it out, what else can I do?
Also, if he wins the monetary settlement then how is that enforceable? I have no savings, no assets & live paycheck to paycheck. How does he get paid out? Can my wages be garnished? Should I consider bankruptcy to avoid paying? I have some cc debt, student loans (that don't get wiped out when you chapter, I know), a car loan and if I lose this $15K...crying broke doesn't sound too bad at this point! 7 years, right?
Thanks a lot!!