Social media is impacting family law in a variety of ways. One of the most significant examples occurred recently when a New York City woman was granted permission to be the first person to legally file for divorce using a Facebook message.
Matthew Cooper, a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice, ruled that Ellanora Baidoo’s hard-to-find husband, Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku, could be served with the divorce summons by using a private Facebook message. The message must be repeated once a week for three consecutive weeks or until Blood-Dzraku acknowledges receipt of it.
Baidoo and Blood-Dzraku were married via a civil ceremony in 2009. Apparently, the marriage began to crumble when Blood-Dzraku failed to carry out his promise to wed Baidoo in a traditional Ghanaian wedding ceremony. In fact, because the couple who are both from Ghana never had the traditional wedding ceremony, they have never consummated their marriage or lived together. The court’s ruling notes that Blood-Dzraku has only contacted his wife by calling her or using Facebook.
In support of serving the defendant by using Facebook, Baidoo informed the court that the last-known address for Blood-Dzraku was an apartment that he vacated in 2011. Further, he has told Baidoo that in their telephone conversations that he does not have a fixed address and that he is currently unemployed. He also refused to accept the divorce papers voluntarily. True to his word, Blood-Dzraku has not responded to the first Facebook message sent to him regarding the divorce summons.
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