Facebook can be used to file divorce by Brookyln based nurse says US Court
Facebook, one of the popular social networking sites known for connecting people, will be used by a Brookyln based nurse to serve divorce papers to her husband. The nurse was granted permission by a Manhattan court judge to do so after attempts to contact the defendant failed.
Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper was reportedly quoted saying Time Magazine that the woman is “granted permission to serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook”. However, there is no clarity if this decision would be applicable for similar cases too.
The Ghana couple, Ellanora Baidoo, 26, married Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku in a civil ceremony in 2009. Later, the latter refused to keep his promise of having a traditional Ghanian wedding. He then left his wife and the apartment without disclosing his whereabouts to anyone. However, he has been in touch with his wife on Facebook at regular intervals.
“[The] transmittal shall be repeated by plaintiff’s attorney to defendant once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged by the defendant,” the judge ordered.
“Additionally, after the initial transmittal, plaintiff and her attorney are to call and text message defendant to inform him that the summons for divorce has been sent to him via Facebook,” he added.
As per the papers filed in the court, Blood-Dzraku is jobless and does not have a driver’s licence or a fixed address. This is not the first instance where a US judge has granted permission to serve legal papers on Facebook. Similarly, last year, a man used Facebook to serve legal documents pertaining to child support payments.