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Yes, text messages are valid proof of a debt owed. If he admits owing the money and has not made payments, you can file a lawsuit against him. It is best to subpoena the text messages from the cell phone company - the clerk of the court can give you a blank subpoena after you file your case.
Small claims court cases must be filed in the state where the person owing the money lives, so you'd be in Magistrate Court in Georgia. Most of these courts allow you to file by mail. Check the website for the county court where your ex lives to see if they have forms online and what process they want you to follow for filing/getting a subpoena.
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