A Brooklyn, NY woman just won a first in court. The judge gave her the right to change her relationship status in life from ‘married’ to ‘single’ via Facebook.
Ellanora Baidoo’s husband has been in the wind as of late and she hasn’t been able to have him served with divorce papers, so she went to court asking that she could serve him via private message on Facebook. She won.
Baidoo, 26, “is granted permission[to] 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.
Source: New York Daily News
The couple were originally from Ghana and married in a civil ceremony in the U.S. in 2009, with a promise of a traditional Ghanaian wedding in the future – which never came.
Because of that, the two never lived together and they never even consummated the marriage. Victor doesn’t want a divorce, though, despite the fact that the only contact with his wife has been through Facebook and over the phone.
Other than that, he is unreachable. He has no job. He has no address. He has no record through the Department of Motor Vehicles.
It’s unknown if this could open a new cottage industry of process servers finding people through social media. Bill collectors already use Facebook and other social media sources to track down people who owe.
Facebook doesn’t approve of that practice and you can protect yourself from strangers accessing your account by adjusting your privacy settings and making sure you know or screen any potential Facebook friends.
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