A New York judge recently allowed a woman to serve her husband divorce papers via Facebook after years of attempts to serve the papers by more traditional means failed, according to a recent CNN news report.
The woman, a Brooklyn resident, had been able to telephone her husband. However, he claimed he had no fixed home or work address, and he refused to appear in person in order to be served divorce papers, according to court documents. Feeling that they had run out of options, the woman and her attorney asked the court to allow “service by alternate means” – in this case, via the social media site Facebook.
In court, the woman and her attorney had to establish that the Facebook account actually belonged to the husband and that he used it consistently, meaning that he would see the summons if it were sent to the account. The court granted the request to serve divorce papers via Facebook, stating that social media sites were likely to be “the next frontier” in the service of court documents of various kinds.
If the woman’s husband fails to respond to the summons, the court may grant a “divorce by default,” according to CNN’s report.
Social media accounts can already play a key role in some divorce cases, depending on what the spouses post and who can see their information. An experienced Long Island divorce lawyer like those at the Law Offices of Paul A. Boronow, PC can help you determine the best way to proceed with a divorce and protect your legal rights and your future. Contact us today to learn more.