FaceBook is not just for stalking your ex anymore…
A New York Court has authorized a Divorce litigant to attempt service on her hopefully, soon-to-be-ex via FaceBook.
This is unusual because under normal circumstances “personal service of process” is required. That is, the filed divorce papers are required to be handed to your spouse by a non-party, non-attorney for the parties. The rules do provide for service by publication when you do not know where the other party is, but you have to attest to having made a diligent search and inquiry into their whereabouts.
This case is unique in that the Wife does not know where the Husband is, but knows that he is an active user of FaceBook. The Court has determined that service through FaceBook may be proper.
This does not mean that sending your ex a FB message is valid service, however. Please consult your experienced family law attorney for rules on service and any additional questions.
Matthew Thompson is a Family Law Attorney and read here for what NOT to do on FaceBook.