Judge Gives Woman OK to Serve Elusive Husband With Divorce Papers on Facebook
Do you know this man's whereabouts? A NYC judge has given a woman the OK to serve her estranged and hard-to-find husband with divorce papers via a private message on Facebook. The ruling is the first of its kind. “This transmittal shall be repeated by plaintiff’s attorney to defendant once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged” Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper said in his ruling. Ellanora Baidoo, 26, said she married Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku in 2009 in a civil ceremony, but things fell apart almost immediately when Victor refused to have a second traditional Ghanaian wedding ceremony. (They both are originally from Ghana.) As a result, the wedding was never consummated and the couple never lived together, yet Victor refuses to give Ellanora a divorce. They continue to communicate via phone and Facebook, however, but Ellanora doesn't know where Victor lives. According to her lawyer, Ellanora “has spoken with defendant by telephone on occasion and he has told her that he has no fixed address and no place of employment. He has also refused to make himself available to be served with divorce papers.” The judge said in his ruling, since the “post office has no forwarding address for him, there is no billing address linked to his prepaid cell phone, and the Department of Motor Vehicles has no record of him,” Ellanora was granted to permission to serve him with the divorce papers. The first private message was sent last week. Victor has yet to respond.
source: NY Daily News