Thanks to a recent ruling in New York divorce court, there is a new way to make the end of your marriage “Facebook official”—by serving divorce papers via the popular social media platform. According to reports from CNN, a judge ruled that it was acceptable for a Brooklyn woman to serve her estranged husband divorce papers through Facebook.
Ellanora Arthur Baidoo has apparently been trying to reach her husband for years to get a divorce. Her attorney Andrew Spinnell said that, until now, she has been unable to find him.
In court documents, Spinnell said that his client has been unable reach Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku except by phone, and that he has no fixed address or place of employment to which papers.
“He has also refused to make himself available to be served,” the documents said.
This has left her with no means to serve him papers, except by social media.
In an application for “service by alternate means,” Spinnell asked the court to allow the use of Facebook to reach Blood-Dzraku.
Justice Matthew Cooper agreed that in lieu of in-person contact, Baidoo could resort to an alternative form to give summons.
Baidoo was required to prove that the Facebook account belongs to her husband and is used frequently enough that he would absolutely see the summons.
Apparently the marriage was troubled soon after they wed in 2009. The marriage was allegedly consummated and and the couple never even lived together.
Spinnell said that Blood-Dzraku has yet to reply on Facebook—he has been contacted twice so far on the platform—and that if summons are refused, the judge may grant a “divorce by default.”
“She’s not asking for any money,” said Spinnell, adding that his client simply wants to get a divorce and move forward.