New York – Woman Uses Facebook To Service Divorce Papers
In New York, Ellanora Arthur Baidoo is using Facebook to divorce her husband.
Typically, divorce papers are served in person. If this is not possible, papers are usually brought to the person’s residence. However, what happens if you are unable to serve papers in person and the defendant does not have a home address or cannot be located? For Ellanora Arthur Baidoo, Facebook had the answers.
Before the judge could approve this method of serving divorce papers, Baidoo had to prove that her husband’s Facebook account belonged to him and that he consistently logged in. Once that was proven, the divorce notices could occur.
Here is what must happen:
- She must send 1 private message to her husband per week for 3 consecutive weeks.
- The plantiff and attorney must text or call to try and notify that they are being served divorce papers.
What happens if he doesn’t check his Facebook account? If he fails to check his Facebook then he will be divorced by default!
Social media is opening new doors into our legal system. We now have more ways to move through the divorce process and I believe this is only the beginning. I believe California will adopt this or something similar very soon. You can follow the Lawyer in Blue Jeans on Facebook, Twitter, and Google+.