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Judge allows Brooklyn woman to serve divorce papers via Facebook

By Shawn Knight
Apr 6, 2015
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  1. In a decision that will no doubt set precedent, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper has granted a woman permission to serve her husband divorce papers via Facebook.

    According to a report from NY Daily News, 26-year-old nurse Ellanora Baidoo tied the knot with Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku in a civil ceremony in 2009. The two disagreed on how the wedding ceremony would play out and thus, they never consummated or even moved in together.

    Baidoo’s lawyer, Andrew Spinnell, said Blood-Dzraku doesn’t want a divorce and has only kept in touch with his wife sporadically by phone and on Facebook. His last known address was vacated in 2011 and he currently has no permanent address or employment according to the judge. He also refuses to make himself available to be served divorce papers.

    As per judge’s orders, Baidoo’s attorney will submit divorce papers via Facebook private message to Blood-Dzraku once a week for three consecutive weeks or until he acknowledges receiving them. The publication notes that the first Facebook serving went out last week with no response.

    This method is far from ideal, however, as the judge listed a number of concerns regarding delivery via Facebook. For example, the account Blood-Dzraku is using may not actually belong to him. It’s also entirely possible that he may not see the private message anytime soon.

    To quell those concerns, Baidoo signed an affidavit saying she knew for a fact that the account belonged to her husband. She also provided copies of exchanges between the two and proof that he signs in on a regular basis.

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  2. I don't use Facebook but isn't their a way to see if someone at least logged into the site a specific time or day, or at least the last time they logged on? That should help prove they (or he) at least were logged onto the account but chose not to respond...
     
  3. psp100travis

    psp100travis TS Enthusiast Posts: 40   +17

    Confirming if his Facebook account has been logged into is one thing but actually confirming his identity and confirming that the account is actually being used by him is another.
     
  4. HiDDeNMisT

    HiDDeNMisT TS Booster Posts: 221   +14

    Wow this is getting out of hand. legal papers should not be sent through social media. idc how hard it is to get in contact with the person.
     
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  5. fps4ever

    fps4ever TS Booster Posts: 80   +59

    I thought that was already established by the woman to the court as best as possible?

    Seems to be this gentleman is playing the adult version of plugging your ears from something you don't want to hear. Someone has a right to move on with their life even if the other person is unwilling.
     
  6. Whenever I receive a message from someone who isn't a friend, it goes into an 'other' folder and I'm not notified about it. I've often found messages that were sent months ago, without my ever noticing them
     
  7. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,536   +2,335

    This is an extreme case. According to the news report, there has been no other way to get in contact with the guy. Ergo, the papers will be served via Facebook.
     
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