Justice Matthew Cooper, of the Manhatten Supreme Court, made a landmark ruling that permits a woman to serve divorce papers on her estranged husband via Facebook messenger. In this case, it only makes sense to permit this:
- The husband has deserted the wife
- The husband has no fixed address or place employment
- The husband’s only contact with the wife has been via telephone and Facebook
- The wife has been diligent in trying to serve the husband but he has refused to make arrangements to accept service
This is an interesting development in the law. Just a couple of years ago, a Federal judge in New York refused to allow service via Facebook — and I blogged about that case as well as the then-ongoing debate in Texas about a legislative proposal to allow service of legal documents via social media. I am sure we will see more of it as this is the natural trend for the law to take.