Facebook has revolutionized how we communicate with friends, and now even changed how we handle our marital affairs with a landmark ruling from Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper that allows spouses to send divorce papers via Facebook message.
Ellanora Baidoo and Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku were married in a civil ceremony in 2009, but their relationship soon turned rocky when Blood-Dzarku refused to live up to his promise of following up the ceremony with a traditional Ghanian wedding. The couple never lived together nor consummated their marriage. Things got worse when Blood-Dzraku disappeared after the ceremony, and even with a private investigator’s help, Baidoo was unable to discover her husband’s whereabouts. Blood-Dzraku, from time to time, has kept in touch with Baidoo through telephone and Facebook. Despite his elusiveness, Blood-Dzarku does not want a divorce and will not process the divorce papers his wife sends him.
So the court ruled that Baidoo can now notify her husband of the divorce through Facebook message. Her lawyer will log into her account and send the messages to Blood-Dzraku once a week for three weeks. If there is no response within that time frame, Baidoo can move on and finally switch her status to single.