New York, NY. In April 2015, a Manhattan Supreme Trial Court judge allowed a Brooklyn nurse to serve the defendant, her spouse, with a divorce summons via a private message on Facebook, reported Time.com. See: http://time.com/3772614/facebook-divorce-summons-blood-dzraku/.
Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku, the husband, refused after the civil wedding to go through a traditional Ghanaian ceremony. And he was evading service of process. But he kept up occasional contact through Facebook private messages. So Ellanora Baidoo, then 26, requested permission from the divorce trial judge to serve notice via a Facebook private message. The trial judge granted Baidoo’s motion, and required three private messages, once a week for three weeks, followed up by telephone contacts to follow up, reports Endadget.com. See: https://www.engadget.com/2015/04/06/facebook-divorce-papers/
A Brooklyn judge, faced with the same process in December 2016, refused to allow service of a divorce summons via Facebook, reports The Wall Street Journal. See: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2016/12/09/court-wife-may-not-use-facebook-to-notify-husband-of-divorce/.
And in 2014, an Oklahoma court refused to allow service of a paternity action by Facebook, reports The Wall Street Journal. See: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/10/17/court-facebook-not-a-valid-way-for-mom-to-tell-dad-shes-pregnant/
Service of divorce papers traditionally requires a process server, over the age of 18 and not a party to the case, hand-deliver the papers to the recipient. Certain exceptions apply, but the traditional method is the most dependable, and (most importantly) the process judges trust most. If you don’t want problems – have the respondent spouse personally served, if possible. By a registered process server.
- Time.com: http://time.com/3772614/facebook-divorce-summons-blood-dzraku/
- The Wall Street Journal: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2016/12/09/court-wife-may-not-use-facebook-to-notify-husband-of-divorce/
- The Wall Street Journal: http://blogs.wsj.com/law/2014/10/17/court-facebook-not-a-valid-way-for-mom-to-tell-dad-shes-pregnant/
- Engadget.com: https://www.engadget.com/2015/04/06/facebook-divorce-papers/
- The Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/bari-zell-weinberger-esq/getting-served-on-social-media-how-some-spouses-are-using-facebook-to-divorce_b_11403928.html
We serve lots of divorce case papers, and can serve restraining orders too. We also have years of experience investigating child custody cases.