Yesha Callahan

Judge Rules New York City Woman Could Serve Divorce Papers Via Facebook

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Ellanora Baidoo, 26, married her husband Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku in 2009. But the relationship deteriorated after her husband reneged on a traditional Ghanaian wedding. Baidoo’s lawyer, Andrew Spinnell, said his client wanted her family present, but then Blood-Dzraku became missing in action. The wedding was never consummated and the husband and wife never lived together.

Because the estranged husband did not want a divorce, Baidoo took matters into her own hands. Since Facebook was their only method of communication, Spinell sought out a different solution.

In a landmark ruling, Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper allowed Baidoo to serve her estranged husband with divorce papers via a Facebook message.

The ruling stated that Badoo “is granted permission serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook,” Cooper wrote.

“This transmittal shall be repeated by plaintiff’s attorney to defendant once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged” by Blood-Dzraku.

This is definitely a sign of the times.

  1. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    Sign of the times. I love it.

  2. April 7, 2015 - Reply

    Things are becoming more digitized (and computerized technology is used more readily than decades ago), so this is certain the sign of the times.

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