The next time you hear the ding of a social media message come to your phone or web browser, this story might have you cringe as you find out who it is. A New York City judge has granted permission to a Brooklyn woman to serve her husband divorce papers… on Facebook.
After months of being unable to find her husband to serve him divorce papers, 26-year-old Ellanora Baidoo was given the OK by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper to serve her MIA hubby via the social media giant. The couple, who married in 2009 but whose marriage "quickly fell apart," when the husband, according to CNET, reneged on his promise of a formal Ghanaian wedding.
Spinnell will now send Blood-Dzraku one message per week for either three weeks or until Blood-Dzraku acknowledges receiving the message, according to the court filing. The filing adds that Blood-Dzraku has proven difficult to find because he doesn't have a job, a driver's license or even a fixed address.
The last address Baidoo has for him is an apartment he vacated in 2011, but the couple has kept in touch via phone and social media, though Blood-Dzraku has refused to appear in person to be served the official divorce paperwork.
This isn't the first time Facebook has been the facilitator of a legal dispute. Last year, a man looking to stop his $441 child support payment to his 21-year-old son was also allowed to serve his ex-wife via Facebook after efforts to locate her were exhausted.
Woman granted permission to serve divorce papers via Facebook (CNET)
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