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What's Next for Legal Documents and Social Media?
By: Stuart Heater
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Sometimes, when two people love each other, they get married. Unfortunately, not every marriage has a fairytale ending. When things don’t work out, people turn to divorce. But what happens when you can’t find your husband to serve the papers to? You turn to Facebook, of course.

No, this not a joke. For one New York woman, this is exactly the step she was forced to take to divorce her husband.

Twenty-six-year-old Ellanora Baidoo of Brooklyn, New York, was granted permission by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper to serve her husband divorce papers through Facebook. The divorce papers would be sent in a private message directly to her husband, Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku.

Why would anyone need to go this far to serve divorce papers to their spouse? Surely, they could have simply mailed them or dropped them off in person, right? All reasonable options in their own right, but the problem for Ms. Baidoo was that she hadn’t a clue where her husband was.

Back in 2009, Baidoo and Blood-Dzarku were married in a civil ceremony. Being that they are both from Ghana, it was important to Baidoo that the two have a formal Ghanaian wedding. Blood-Dzarku promised Baidoo they would have a formal wedding, but he never delivered on that promise. Thus, the couple separated.

Now, back to why Ms. Baidoo can’t find her estranged husband. Blood-Dzarku doesn’t have a fixed address, driver’s license, or a job. He’s basically a ghost. Although the two have remained in contact through phone calls and social media, Mr. Blood-Dzarku has refused to appear in person in order to be served the divorce papers.

So what’s a woman supposed to do — stay married to her husband, who won’t appear and be served divorce papers? Absolutely not! The Supreme Court’s decision was an excellent one. If Mr. Blood-Dzraku only wants to appear in the digital world, then that’s where he shall be served the papers.

Does this decision mean we could be headed towards a world where more legal documents are going to be able to be sent through a Facebook message, a tweet, or even a text message? We live in an ever-growing digital world; therefore, it would not surprise me in the least if that is where we’re headed. But that’s just if you ask me.


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About the Author
Stuart Heater is a graduate of the University of Central Florida with a degree in Marketing and Mass Communication. He is an avid sports spectator, Netflix connoisseur, and has a passion for technology.
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