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N.Y. woman gets permission to serve divorce papers via Facebook

Justice Matthew Cooper granted Ellanora Baidoo permission to serve divorce papers to hard-to-find husband Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku using Facebook messages.

By Ben Hooper

NEW YORK, April 6 (UPI) -- A New York judge granted a woman permission to serve divorce papers to her elusive husband via Facebook message.

Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper ruled Ellanora Baidoo, 26, "is granted permission serve defendant with the divorce summons using a private message through Facebook."

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"This transmittal shall be repeated by plaintiff's attorney to defendant once a week for three consecutive weeks or until acknowledged" by Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku, Baidoo's husband, Cooper wrote in his decision.

Andrew Spinnell, Baidoo's lawyer, said Blood-Dzraku has proven difficult to find and only communicates with his client via phone and Facebook.

The court heard Baidoo and Blood-Dzraku were married in a civil ceremony in 2009, but the relationship fell apart when Blood-Dzraku backed out of his promise to follow-up the wedding with a traditional Ghanaian wedding ceremony attended by the couple's families.

Cooper's ruling said the "last address plaintiff has for defendant is an apartment that he vacated in 2011." Baidoo "has spoken with defendant by telephone on occasion, and he has told her that he has no fixed address and no place of employment. He has also refused to make himself available to be served with divorce papers."

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"The post office has no forwarding address for him, there is no billing address linked to his prepaid cellphone, and the Department of Motor Vehicles has no record of him," Cooper wrote in the decision, which is dated March 27.

Spinnell said the first Facebook message was sent last week.

"So far, he hasn't responded," Spinnell told the New York Daily News.

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