Judge: Woman Can Use Facebook To Serve Husband Divorce Papers
This is surely a sign of the times.
A Manhattan Supreme Court Justice is allowing a downstate woman to serve her husband divorce papers via a direct message on Facebook, according to the New York Daily News.
The woman's attorney successfully argued that the soon to be ex-hubby does not have a permanent address and is only reachable to via cell phone and direct messages on the social networking site, the 'Daily News' reported:
Baidoo, 26, “is granted permission serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook,” with her lawyer messaging Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku through her account, Cooper wrote.
“This transmittal shall be repeated by plaintiff’s attorney to defendant once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged” by her hard-to-find hubby.
“I think it’s new law, and it’s necessary,” said Baidoo’s lawyer, Andrew Spinnell.
In another twist to this story, the report indicates the couple were married in a civil ceremony in 2009, but there were also plans to have a traditional Ghanaian wedding. That never happened and they never actually lived together.
Additionally, the wife apparently had gone to great lengths to prove her husband couldn't be served in person: The DMV has no record of him, the post office had no forwarding address and even a private investigator was unable to turn up 'nothing', the report says.