In a landmark court decision, a New York judge is allowing divorce papers to be served via Facebook
Ellanora Baidoo, a nurse from Brooklyn, has been unable to find her estranged husband, Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku. The two were wed in a civil ceremony in 2009, but shortly after, their relationship began to fall apart and the two never even lived together. Victor only kept in touch through phone and Facebook, and his last known address is an apartment that was vacated in 2011.
However, he has proved to be reluctant to allow the divorce to proceed. The ruling points out that “He has also refused to make himself available to be served with 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.”
Pictured: Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku
NY Daily News
Because of this, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper has ruled that Baidoo “is granted permission serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook. This transmittal shall be repeated by plaintiff’s attorney to defendant 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, and this observer is inclined to agree.
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