You can now use Facebook to serve divorce papers
Here's a new way to use Facebook that even its founder, Mark Zuckerberg, probably never imagined. A judge in New York City has agreed that a wife can serve divorce papers to her intended ex through Facebook because he cannot be reached via conventional methods.
According to the New York Daily News, Ellanora Baidoo married Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku in a civil ceremony in 2009. They are both from Ghana, but Victor refused to have a traditional Ghanaian wedding ceremony with both sides' families present. The relationship soon crumbled, and the marriage was never consummated.
Ellanora has filed for divorce, but Victor cannot be found. Aside from keeping touch by phone and Facebook, Victor has no fixed address or place of employment, and he has refused to make himself available to be served the divorce papers. "The post office has no forwarding address for him, there is no billing address linked to his prepaid cell phone, and the Department of Motor Vehicles has no record of him," according to the ruling. Elenora's lawyer explained that they tried everything, including hiring a private detective, but to no avail.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper, therefore, has made a landmark ruling, to allow Ellanora to "serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook.” The judge specified in detail that her lawyer will message Victor through Ellenora's account "once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged.”
“I think it’s new law, and it’s necessary,” said Baidoo’s lawyer, Andrew Spinnell, who also said Victor has not responded after the first message was sent last week.
So what's next? Does Eleanora automatically get a divorce finally if Victor doesn't respond after three weeks? I don't know about New York law, but I agree that Ellenora has waited long enough to set her status to single on Facebook.
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