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New York Judge Lets Woman File Divorce Papers Over Facebook

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A New York judge has given a woman permission to file her divorce papers over Facebook.

Ellanora Baidoo was given the go-ahead by a Manhattan Supreme Court Justice because her husband was being so evasive.

Baidoo married her husband Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku in 2009, but the marriage broke down when he would not have a traditional Ghanaian wedding.

The 26-year-old tried to contact her husband to push through the divorce, but he only kept in touch via phone and Facebook, reports The New York Daily News.

The husband tried to avoid the divorce by saying he had no physical address or place of employment, and Baidoo even tried hiring a private detective to track him down.

But now Justice Matthew Cooper has made the landmark ruling to let Baidoo file her divorce papers in a private Facebook message.

Baidoo’s lawyer, Andrew Spinnell said: “This transmittal shall be repeated by plaintiff’s attorney to defendant once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged. I think it’s new law, and it’s necessary.”

Baidoo’s case is not the first time that Facebook has been used to give legal notice.

Last September, Staten Island Support Magistrate Gregory Gliedman ruled that Noel Biscocho could use Facebook to give his ex-wife Anna Maria Antigua notice that he didn’t want to pay any more child support.

Simon Edmunds

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