Social media isn’t just a way to pass the time anymore; it has become
so involved in most people’s daily lives that it is replacing face-to-face
contact in many situations. A relatively new advancement in the social
media world is the possibility of serving
divorce papers online. After struggling for several years to serve her husband
divorce papers, a New York woman was given the green light by a judge
to serve her husband on Facebook.
Single? In a Relationship? It’s Complicated? How about “Just
Got Served Divorce Papers” for a relationship status. In this situation,
the woman’s husband refused to make himself available to be served.
According to court documents, the woman has spoken to her husband on the
phone, but he told her he doesn’t have a job and no fixed address.
After trying every possible way to serve her husband, the woman’s
divorce attorney filed an application asking for “service by alternate
means,” in this case, via Facebook.
In his decision, Justice Matthew Cooper said the “advent and ascendency
of social media” means sites like Facebook are the “next frontier”
as “forums through which summons can be delivered.” The judge’s
decision was made only after the woman was able to prove the Facebook
account was really her husband’s and that he logs into the account
on a regular basis.
The woman isn’t asking for any money from her husband; she simply
wants a divorce so she can move on with her life. If the husband refuses
the Facebook summons, then the judge can proceed with a divorce by default.
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