Manhattan Supreme Court Allows To Serve Divorce Papers On Facebook
Manhattan Supreme Court has declared Facebook as a trustworthy medium to serve legal papers, specifically divorce papers. The Court has made Facebook message an accepted way to start the process of ending a marriage.
A nurse named Ellanora Baidoo was allowed to use Facebook message to serve her husband the divorce paperwork. Baidoo’s husband, Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku, has been elusive and is not reachable through any medium. The man is nowhere to be found. He has no job, no address since 2011, and post office has no forwarding address for him.
Moreover, “there is no billing address linked to his prepaid cell phone, and the Department of Motor Vehicles has no record of him,” reports The New York Times.
The man is a ghost, and the 26-year-old nurse wants to divorce this ghost. He is apparently only reachable via phone or social media. But since phone has not worked so far, Ellanora Baidoo will now try to contact him via Facebook message and serve defendant with the divorce summons the same route “once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged,” Justice Matthew Cooper wrote.
This is not the first time Facebook has been used to serve legal paperwork. It was previously allowed by Family Court in a dispute when a man’s wife had been evading him. The Court let the man use Facebook as a medium to serve the paperwork.
Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook with the idea of letting people find and make friends over his social network. Now it is being used to end marriages. It appears a poke would one day be used against you in the court.