A woman was granted permission by a New York Judge to serve divorce papers on her husband using Facebook.
Brooklyn nurse Ellanora Baidoo, can serve the divorce papers to her husband via Facebook’s private message service.
Her illusive husband Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku, will receive the messages for three consecutive weeks.
If he hasn’t acknowledged by then the summons will be deemed as served.
Apparently the husband doesn’t want a divorce and has been trying very hard to avoid a summons. The plaintiff on the other hand wants a divorce and the only means of communication she had with her husband, were a phone number and a Facebook page. The couple from Ghana, Africa were married in 2009.
The ruling by the Manhattan Supreme Court judge is considered a landmark, with huge significance. Spouses wanting to defend their marriage by deliberately prolonging the ending and trying to hide from the inevitable, now have to be aware of the authority this new ruling will give to Facebook Chat.
Ellanora Baidoo’s lawyer, Andrew Spinnell said: “I think it’s new law, and it’s necessary”.
ABC 13 reports:
Attorney Andrew Spinnell says the couple married in 2009 in a civil ceremony. He says the relationship began to unravel when the defendant reneged on his promise to a traditional Ghanaian wedding ceremony as well. As a result, the wedding was never consummated and the husband and wife have never lived together. Still Blood-Dzraku doesn’t want a divorce.
The ruling says Blood-Dzraku has only been in touch with his wife via phone and Facebook.
The “last address plaintiff has for defendant is an apartment that he vacated in 2011,” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Martin Cooper wrote. Baidoo “has spoken with defendant by telephone on occasion and 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 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,” the ruling says.
The New York Daily News says Baidoo’s attorney will message Blood-Dzraku through her account once a week for three consecutive weeks. The first message went out last week.
“So far, he hasn’t responded,” Spinnell said.
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