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Facebook Divorce Papers: Judge Says Woman Can Use Social Media to Serve Ex

By    |   Monday, 06 Apr 2015 03:48 PM

A New York woman has received legal permission to serve her husband divorce papers through Facebook after extensive efforts to locate the man failed.

Ellanora Baidoo, 26, will be allowed to serve divorce papers through a private Facebook message, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper decided in what the New York Daily News called a “landmark ruling.” The divorce summons will be sent to the Facebook account of Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku once a week for three weeks.

Baidoo married Blood-Dzraku in 2009 in a civil ceremony, but the couple, who is from Ghana, never lived together or consummated the marriage, the News said. The groom had promised his bride they could have a traditional Ghanaian wedding, which would include both their families, but Blood-Dzraku never followed through on those plans.

Cooper said in the ruling that the last known address for Blood-Dzraku wasn’t good after 2011, and when Baidoo spoke with her husband on the telephone, “he has told her that he has no fixed address and no place of employment. He has also refused to make himself available to be served with papers,” the News reported.

“I think it’s new law, and it’s necessary,” Baidoo’s lawyer, Andrew Spinnell, told the News of the Facebook ruling. Court papers indicate a private detective was even hired to find the absentee husband with no success.

The Verge pointed out that this situation seems to be unique, and it’s not clear whether it will set a new legal precedent for divorce papers.

Still, the Internet community had a lot to say:




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