The internet is a weird place, and we do occasionally hear rumours of what has happened on social media lately, or about people calling the police over something someone said on Facebook. But did you know you can now get divorced using Facebook?
No, this isn’t made up, although the woman who will be serving her husband divorce papers in this way is allowed to because of their very unusual and special circumstances. We take a look at the full story.
A traditional Ghanaian wedding
Ellanora Baidoo met her husband Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku a while ago now, and the two fell in love. They decided to get married and officially tied the knot in 2009.
However, it seems that they both wanted different things. Ms Baidoo wanted to have a traditional Ghanaian wedding, which Blood-Dzraku promised to her.
As you can imagine, things started to go downhill for the two when he refused and they instead had a civil ceremony.
Of course, it might not have been the wedding of her dreams, but they two of them were together. They could easily go on the leave long and happy lives together, having lots of children and growing old in each others’ company, right?
In this case, no. It seems that there has been little contact between the man and his wife, as it seems that the two are only in touch via Facebook and the occasional phone call. In fact, for Victor Sena Blood-Dzraku he doesn’t have a permanent address, after the last place he lived in was vacated back in 2011.
When the two have been in contact, Blood-Dzraku said “that he has no fixed address and no place of employment”.
Obviously, having a marriage with someone who isn’t there is extremely difficult, but Baidoo could not file for divorce because he just wasn’t there to receive the papers. He was aware of how happy his wife was, but refused every attempt to be given the divorce papers, making her very upset and miserable in her marriage.
She was finding her life difficult as she felt as though she had failed her marriage without even being given a chance to make it work.
Thankfully, Baidoo managed to speak with Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew Cooper, who was sympathetic to her plight. After all, how could she make the marriage work or serve him divorce papers if he wasn’t around?
In an unprecedented ruling, the New York City judge ruled that she could serve her husband the divorce summons in a private message on Facebook.
The summons will be set once a week for another three weeks or until the summons are “acknowledged” by the man. What “acknowledged” means in this case, we don’t know. Does he have to respond to the message, or will that little note saying “read” be enough?
I fully expect that there will now be waves of men and women rushing to their solicitors to try and see if they can serve divorce summons in this way. Maybe they will even manage to put them into games for those who just can’t tear themselves away from things like Candy Crush.
Step away from the internet!
You know things have gotten bad if the only way people can communicate such huge things to you is via Facebook. When it gets to that point, it is time to step away from the computer.
Do you spend too much time on the internet, or can you stop any time? I know I am guilty from checking in far too often, mainly because the moment I do step back something huge happens and I’m left out of the loop. It is almost like if you aren’t on social media, you will never find out the latest news from your friends.
Is it wise to grant this woman permission in this case, or is there another way of doing it? Share your possible solutions with us in the comment box below this article, or go over to the Escort Scotland forum and tell us your thoughts there.
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