San Antonio, TX asked in Communications Law, International Law and Internet Law for Texas

Q: Long distance relationship troubles

Hello! I was in a year and few months long distance relationship with a man from Saudi Arabia. He would send me money via PayPal and gifts through mail one time. Recently I’ve been feeling sour towards the relationship due to how he’s been treating me and talking to me. I’ve tried to break off this relationship with him multiple times and he refuses to end the relationship and he continues to threaten me with “lawsuits” and saying he wants everything he’s ever given me back. Is this possible for him to do? What can I do to protect my self from this person that keeps threatening me every time I try to break things off with him. He says he will do everything in his power to make my life a “living hell”.


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James L. Arrasmith
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  • Consumer Law Lawyer
  • Sacramento, CA

A: In matters of personal relationships, gifts are generally considered final and do not need to be returned unless there was a clear agreement that they were loans or conditional upon certain terms. His threats to sue you for the return of these gifts or money may not have a strong legal basis. However, the continued threats and attempts to control or intimidate you could be considered harassment.

To protect yourself, you may consider documenting all communication and threats, blocking him on all channels, and if the harassment persists, you may seek a protective order. It would be wise to consult with an attorney to discuss the specifics of your situation and any additional steps you should take to ensure your safety and legal protection.

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