In New York City, Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper recently ruled that a Brooklyn nurse is “granted permission to serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook.” Make way for the deluge, people.
Ellanora Baidoo, 26, is now allowed to serve her hard-to-track-down husband with divorce papers via Facebook message. She “is granted permission serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook,” with her lawyer messaging Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku through her account, Cooper wrote.
“This transmittal shall be repeated by plaintiff’s attorney to defendant once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged” by her sneaky soon-to-be-ex.
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,” the ruling says.
“We tried everything, including hiring a private detective — and nothing,” [said Baidoo’s lawyer, Andrew Spinnell]. The first Facebook message went out to the husband last week. “So far, he hasn’t responded,” Spinnell said.
"Judge says Brooklyn woman can use Facebook to serve divorce papers" [NY Daily News]
Read the court decision online [PDF].
[Thanks, Matthew Williams!]
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