Ellanora Arthur Baidoo has been trying to divorce her husband for several years, according to her attorney, Andrew Spinnell.
Things fell apart after he refused to have a traditional Ghanian wedding with both of their families afterwards. Blood-Dzraku has been elusive ever since; he left his apartment without a forwarding address, has no DMV record, and has no fixed place of employment.
He has, however, kept in touch from time to time with his wife on Facebook. And so, the social networking site has been deemed an appropriate place to serve Blood-Dzraku with a summons for a divorce proceeding:
The “last address plaintiff has for defendant is an apartment that he vacated in 2011,” [Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Matthew] Cooper said. 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.”
The “post office has no forwarding address for him, there is no billing address linked to his prepaid cell phone, and the Department of Motor Vehicles has no record of him,” the ruling says.
According to CNN, Baidoo’s lawyer must now log into Baidoo’s Facebook account and message Blood-Dzraku once a week for the next three weeks, or until he responds. In addition, they’ll call and text him to let him know that the summons is waiting for him on the site. The first message has already gone out with no response, and meanwhile, Blood-Dzraku will probably do that thing where he pretends his divorce papers ended up in the “Other” folder and, sorry dudes, he just didn’t see them. But as it does for everyone, there’s the damnable “Read” receipt just waiting to ruin him.
The ruling comes on the heels of another decree, also in New York, made last year that a man could legally use Facebook to serve his ex-wife notice that he intended to stop paying child support. (Such rulings, however, do not apply if you are Flo Rida.) And it also follows years of similar practices being accepted by in the U.K., Australia, Canada, South Africa, etc. But this seems to be the first time a Facebook message has been used to bring a definitive end to a marriage, rather than just the beginning of the end.
If Blood-Dzraku refuses the summons, Spinnell said the judge can move forward with a “divorce by default” for his client.
No word of Blood-Dzraku has changed his relationship status yet.