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Facebook can be used to serve divorce papers, NYC judge tells woman

A judge has given a New York City woman permission to file for divorce from her elusive husband, who has no fixed address, via a Facebook message.

Husband has only been in touch with wife by phone and Facebook, ruling says

A judge in Manhattan says a woman can use Facebook to serve divorce papers on her husband. The message will be repeated once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged by the elusive husband. (Matt Rourke, Facebook/Associated Press)

A judge has given a New York City woman permission to file for divorce from her elusive husband via a Facebook message.

The woman's lawyer says the ruling was made by Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper.

The Daily News says Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku will be served with the divorce summons via a private Facebook message. It will be repeated once a week for three consecutive weeks or until "acknowledged" by Ellanora Baidoo's hard-to-find husband.

Attorney Andrew Spinnell says the couple married in 2009 in a civil ceremony. He says the relationship began to unravel when the defendant reneged on his promise to a traditional Ghanaian wedding ceremony as well.

The marriage was never consummated and the couple never lived together, but Blood-Dzraku doesn't want a divorce, Spinell told the Daily News. 

The ruling says Blood-Dzraku, who has no fixed address, no place of employment and has refused to make himself available to be served with divorce papers, has only been in touch with his wife via phone and Facebook.

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