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We have heard about communications on Facebook and other social media networks being used as evidence in divorce cases. We have also read about the impact of social media on relationships and divorce. However, yet another association between social media and divorce has emerged in New York.
The New York Daily News reported that a New York Judge allowed a Brooklyn woman to use Facebook to serve divorce papers.
This was a landmark ruling delivered by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper. A nurse named Ellanora Baidoo had been unable to locate her elusive husband, Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku. The judge permitted her to send a private message through Facebook to serve the husband with the divorce summons. Ellanora’s attorney would repeat the transmittal once a week for three consecutive weeks or until the husband acknowledged receipt of the summons.
The couple was from from Ghana, and the husband had participated in a civil wedding ceremony in 2009. However, he backed out of the traditional Ghanian wedding ceremony that they had also planned. The wife had wanted both families there. Their marriage was never consummated, and the husband and wife never lived together. Even so, Blood-Dzraku apparently did not want a divorce. He only kept in touch with his wife through Facebook and by phone. His whereabouts were unknown and he vacated the apartment of his last known address in 2011. When his wife spoke with him on the phone, he told her he had no permanent address or employment and refused to make himself capable of being reached. The post office had no forwarding address for him either.
Keeping up with the times, the judge’s ruling provided a solution and set a precedent for other New York divorce cases.
An experienced Long Island divorce lawyer like Chris Palermo can help you overcome the challenges involved with divorce. Work with a compassionate lawyer who can help you make the right decisions and strive for a favorable outcome.
Huntington, NY Divorce Lawyer talks about Social Media in Divorce