A Manhattan judge has decided to allow a woman to serve divorce papers on her husband via Facebook. The woman, who has been unable to get in touch with her husband other than via Facebook Messenger, told the judge her husband hasn’t had a permanent address since 2011.
In a landmark ruling, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper is allowing a nurse named Ellanora Baidoo to serve her elusive husband with divorce papers via a Facebook message.
Baidoo’s lawyer is allowed to message her husband, Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku, through her Facebook account.
“This transmittal shall be repeated by plaintiff’s attorney to defendant once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged” by the hard-to-find spouse.
“I think it’s new law, and it’s necessary,” the attorney, Andrew Spinnell, told the Daily News.
The husband has refused to make himself available to be served divorce papers, and even a private investigator Spinelli hired was unable to track him down.
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 first Facebook notification of the divorce has reportedly gone out, with no response so far.