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Facebook Used To Serve Divorce Summons

first_img Legal Advocate Discusses Medical Abuse At Shut Down Georgia ICE Facility Related Stories ‘It’s Fractured’: Georgia Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan On Healing Republican Party For Whom The Bell Rings An audio version of this story.1:08People have always had the ability to “unfriend” someone on Facebook.But now, it appears Facebook can “unhitch” a couple as well.A judge in Manhattan is allowing a Brooklyn woman the right to serve a divorce summons to her estranged husband by a private message on Facebook.This isn’t the law of the land yet, but Randy Kessler, an Atlanta-based attorney, thinks this idea will spread across the country.“If you have no other way to find your husband or your wife, I think the courts are going to have to allow you to serve them in the best way to give them notice,” Kessler said. “And Facebook is probably a better way to give them notice than running an ad in the classified section of the local newspaper.”Kessler said Facebook messages should be used solely as a backup plan, and all efforts should be made to contact the soon-to-be ex-spouse personally.And once a person gets a message, it’s best to move forward with the process.“If you have notice of the proceeding and you refuse or fail to respond, and you stick your head in the sand, then you’re proceeding at your own risk, or you’re not proceeding at your own risk,” Kessler said.This isn’t the first time Facebook has been linked with the serving of legal papers.In 2014, a Staten Island man was allowed to use Facebook to send his ex-wife a legal notification regarding a child support issue.   1:08 | Play story Add to My ListIn My List Sharelast_img read more