Till Facebook do us part: Serving divorce papers on the social network

You can now buy a house through Skype. Or land a job interview with Twitter.

So why not get a divorce through Facebook?

That’s exactly what a Brooklyn woman is about to do, thanks to a ruling by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper, according to the New York Daily News:

A Brooklyn woman scored a judge’s approval to legally change her relationship status to “single” via Facebook.

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, 26, “is granted permission serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook,” with her lawyer messaging Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku through her account, Cooper wrote.

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

“I think it’s new law, and it’s necessary,” said Baidoo’s lawyer, Andrew Spinnell.

In other words, for hubby Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku, it was “he who lives by Facebook dies by Facebook,” matrimonially speaking, of course.

According to the Daily News post, the once-loving Ghanaian couple were wedded in 2009 in a civil ceremony. Then, as apparently happens in some traditional Ghanaian marriages, things went downhill when “Blood-Dzraku reneged on his promise to have a traditional Ghanaian wedding ceremony.”

The bride’s lawyer said his client simply wanted both their families to come help celebrate their joyous union. Bottom line: No wedding meant no living together, which meant Baidoo wanted to pull the plug on the whole thing.

Only trouble was she couldn’t find the dude. And since Blood-Dzraku apparently didn’t feel the same way about a divorce, and since he kept playing hard-to-find, communicating with his partner only by phone or Facebook, Baidoo did what any shrewd social-media user would do – she asked the judge if she could file divorce papers through Facebook. The judge said go for it.

 The “last address plaintiff has for defendant is an apartment that he vacated in 2011,” Cooper said. Baidoo “has spoken with defendant by telephone on occasion and he has told her that he has no fixed address and no place of employment. He has also refused to make himself available to be served with divorce papers.”

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.

According to the post, Baidoo sent her husband the first Facebook message last week.


So far, said her lawyer, “he hasn’t responded.’

Talk about being left at the Facebook altar.

Credit: Kirstina Sangsahachart/Daily News



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  • Curious if the religious right are against this, as it undermines the sanctity of divorce.

  • Any options to born a child via Facebook?