Divorce by Facebook: Judge Allows NY Woman to Serve Husband Divorce Summons via Facebook

Divorce by Facebook: Judge Allows NY Woman to Serve Husband Divorce Summons via Facebook
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A New York woman was able to persuade a judge to let her serve her husband the summons for their divorce the modern way— via Facebook.

In an interview with CNN, lawyer Andrew Spinnell, who represents Ellanora Arthur Baidoo of Brooklyn, said he and his client have already exhausted all possible means of serving the summons for divorce to her husband, whom they can’t seem to find at all.

Baidoo is said to have been trying so hard for several years to find any way possible for her to serve Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku the summons for their divorce, but her estranged husband has been highly elusive— although it remains unclear if he had been doing it intentionally.

According to court documents, Baidoo was able to get ahold of her husband via phone on several occasions, but “he has told her that he has no fixed address and no place of employment.”

The documents also stated that Blood-Dzraku “has also refused to make himself available to be served.”

After years and years of failed attempt, Spinnell decided to file an application asking the court to allow “service by alternate means”.

And by “service by alternate means”, Spinnell and his client meant serving the summons via the social media— through the use of Facebook, in particular.

Astonishingly, Judge Matthew Cooper granted Spinnell’s peculiar request, citing the “advent and ascendency of social media,” saying that social media platforms like Facebook and Twitter are the “[next frontier] as forums through which a summons can be delivered.”

Baidoo bore the burden of proving that Blood-Dzraku was, in fact, the owner of the Facebook account where the divorce-seeker intended to send the summons, before they got Judge Cooper to agree on using Facebook for serving the papers.

According to Baidoo’s lawyer, the former couple’s marriage started to drift apart shortly after their wedding in 2009, when Blood-Dzraku declined to participate in a Ghanian wedding ceremony where both of their families were supposed to attend.

The court documents also reveal that Baidoo and Blood-Dzraku never lived under the same roof.

“She’s not asking for any money,” said Baidoo’s lawyer, “She just wants to move on with her life and get a divorce.”

Spinnell said he had already tried to contact Blood-Dzraku on Facebook twice, but the elusive husband still hasn’t responded.

He said that if Blood-Dzraku refuses the divorce summons, they can seek a “divorce by default” for his client.


  • oraclemay says:

    I think this is fantastic! However, a divorce by default is probably the way to go in this instance. I wonder how long that takes? I guess it does not really matter, as long as it goes through.

  • Althea Estrella says:

    “The end justifies the means.” Lol

  • TommyVercetti says:

    I’m of the same opinion that social media is becoming a vital part of our modern life. This is really just an extension of the way we do things in life; kind of like how telegrams were extensions of regular mail, or pagers were extensions of phones.

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