|Divorce Papers Via Facebook
By: Jessica Cherok
Facebook may be getting even more involved in the end of your marriage. It’s no secret that Facebook has contributed, at least in part, to the demise of some happy unions. Now it may be the messenger of impending doom.
Depending on where you live, you could potentially be served divorce papers via the social media site. Recently, a woman in Brooklyn, NY was able to serve her spouse with divorce papers on Facebook. Could this be the newest tech in divorces?
Maybe, but probably not. This situation was fairly unique.
Ellanora Baidoo has been estranged from her husband since 2009, and despite repeated attempts to contact him the traditional ways — phone, in person, email, DMV — she was unable to track him down. Since she and her attorney were unable to find him even after hiring a private investigator, they asked that the court allow them to serve the husband via Facebook.
That’s because, although the husband may have managed to fall off the grid elsewhere, he was a regular on the social media site. After proving to the judge that they had tried to find him, they were granted permission to serve him via Facebook.
While rare, it’s not entirely unheard of. In late 2014, a judge granted another New York resident permission to serve his wife divorce papers via Facebook since she was similarly unavailable elsewhere.
Jessica Cherok is an advocate for online privacy, campaigning for ethical data practices and the protection of personal privacy.
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