Social Media Law & Policy Report™

07 April 2015 Publication

Bloomberg BNA

New York Court Permits Divorce Plaintiff To Serve Husband Lawsuit Through Facebook

A woman who is seeking a divorce and whose husband lacks a fixed address or place of employment may have her attorney serve her husband through a private Facebook message, the New York Supreme Court, New York County, ruled March 27 (Baidoo v. Blood-Dzraku, 2015 BL 95595, N.Y. Sup. Ct., No. 310947/2014, 3/27/15).

Justice Matthew F. Cooper wrote that Ellanora Arthur Baidoo’s attorney had permission to serve a divorce summons on Victor S. Blood-Dzraku through Facebook. Cooper said the attorney must first send a message using Baidoo’s Facebook account, identifying himself as her attorney. The attorney then should send Blood-Dzraku a Web address of the divorce summons or attach an image of the summons to the message.

The court said the attorney should continue this process for three consecutive weeks or until Blood-Dzraku responds that he received the summons. The court also ordered Baidoo and her attorney to call and text BloodDzraku that he was sent a divorce summons through Facebook.

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