You can't hide from your future ex-wife on Facebook
According to a landmark ruling by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper, it is now legal to serve divorce papers through Facebook.
Ellanora Baidoo's estranged husband Blood-Dzraku refused provide his physical address and would otherwise elude being served the documents. He had no forwarding address on file with the post office, no billing address linked to his cellphone and no DMV records. Even a private detective failed to nail down his location. Blood-Dzraku did, however, think he was safe from legal recourse when making contact with his wife via the popular social media app. Now, she has been "granted permission serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook.”
Both Ellanora Baidoo and Blood-Dzraku are from Ghana. Things did not work after Blood-Dzraku bailed on the traditional Ghanaian wedding ceremony that he promised after the legal wedding, and according to the New York Daily News, the wedding "was never consummated."
Baidoo has the court's authority to message Blood-Dzraku once a week for three consecutive weeks or "until acknowledged." He has not yet responded. No word on whether a "read" message status qualifies as legal acknowledgement.